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Kentucky Senate passes SB 321, would ban abortions after 15th week

by | Mar 17, 2022

Advances to the House

By Dave Andrusko

Kentucky’s Senate threw its weight behind a bill that would protect unborn babies after the 15th week. SB 321, which passed by an overwhelming  31-6 margin on Wednesday, reads “no person shall intentionally perform or induce or intentionally attempt to perform an abortion on a pregnant woman when the probable gestational age of the unborn child is 15 weeks or greater.” The bill now moves to the Kentucky House.

The bill is closely modeled after Mississippi’s “Gestationa’ Age Act” about which the Supreme Court heard oral arguments, pro and con, on December 1.

“In its argument to keep a 15-week ban on abortions, Mississippi has also asked the high court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark case that prohibits states from banning abortion before a fetus is viable, typically around 23 weeks,” according to Alex Acquisto of the Lexington Herald-Leader. 

Lead sponsor Sen. Max Wise told senators that passing this bill will ensure Kentucky has a “pro-life law in place that would not be subject to a good-faith legal challenge,” should the Supreme Court upholds Mississippi’s 15 week ban.

Sen. Johnnie Turner called SB 321 “the most important bill that I will probably vote (on) while I’m down here this session, and maybe while I’m down here as a senator,”  Bruce Schreiner of the Associate Press reported, “It’s life or death, and I’m for life.”

Acquisto reported that “Wise’s bill would formalize that Kentucky’s elected state leaders find elective abortions performed after 15 weeks to be a ‘dangerous’ and ‘barbaric practice,’ and one that that carries ‘significant physical and psychological risks to the maternal patient’ and is ‘demeaning to the medical profession.’”

Mississippi and Louisiana have also passed 15 week bans. Florida has passed a similar law and only awaits Gov. DeSanctis’ signature.

Pro-life Kentuckians are also celebrating the progress of House Bill 3, sponsored by  Nancy Tate, which has already passed the House. “The Humanity in Healthcare Act” is “a multifaceted ProLife bill comprised of bills filed in previous years by several legislators,” according to Kentucky Right to Life.

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