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U.S. District Judge Jennings denies AG Cameron’s request to enforce Kentucky’s new abortion law while he appeals her decision to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals 

by | Jun 1, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

On April 13, Kentucky’s legislature voted to override pro-abortion Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto of HB 3, a multi-faceted pro-life bill that includes a ban on abortions performed after the 15th week.

However, at the request of Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings “issued successive temporary restraining orders spanning four weeks beginning on April 21, and she granted a preliminary injunction in late May, blocking the law from taking effect for now,” Alex Acquisto reported.

Last week, “Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office appealed the preliminary injunction to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and asked Jennings to allow his office to enforce provisions of the law in the meantime,”  according to Acquisto . Cameron argued that one of the reasons for his request was that the court didn’t give him a fair chance to respond before issuing the preliminary injunction. 

On May 26, Judge Jennings denied Cameron’s request. 

“The Court recognizes the preliminary injunction is an extraordinary remedy and does not take this standard lightly,” she wrote. “Multiple provisions of HB 3 are unconstitutional,” including the law’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks. 

“With the injunction in place, access to abortion in Kentucky is largely as it was before House Bill 3 was passed into law,” according to Acquisto.

HB3 “imposes limits on medication abortion, requiring abortion providers to be certified by the state pharmacy board and outlawing telemedicine for abortion pills,” the Washington Post’s Caroline Kitchener reported. Judge Jennings allowed these provisions to stand.

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