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National Right to Life reports in its May magazine that the term “surgical abortion” is being replaced with “procedural abortion.” Newspeak is an especially fierce battlefront of the culture war.

The NRLC story refers to a Rewire.News article, published last month, stating:

Rewire.News has updated its style guide to more accurately describe abortion care. Instead of referring to “medication and surgical” abortion to distinguish between abortions induced by pills and abortions performed as an in-clinic procedure, Rewire.News will use “medication and procedural” abortion.

The article explains that for pregnancies in the first trimester (up to 12 weeks) the procedure is a five to 10 minute process “involving gentle suction to remove the products of conception,” and it does not typically require cutting or suturing of any kind. To see an abortion of a 12-week old pre-born baby, see Dr. Bernard Nathanson’s video, The Silent Scream. There are surgical aspects.

Numerous metal instruments are inserted into the woman to achieve the abortion. Tissue must be cut— the amniotic sac in which the baby lives has to be torn open so that the suction tube can vacuum out his or her body parts (— at 12 weeks we know whether it’s a boy or girl). A polyp forceps must be inserted to crush the head before the skull bones and brains can be sucked out. So, by definition, even early stage abortion is surgery. (See the AMA definition of surgery.)

The article quotes healthcare providers who are irked when they are accused of using “a whole bunch of critical medical supplies and take PPE [personal protective equipment] away from the hospital” during the pandemic.

faceshield.jpgAfter all, they say, a first-trimester abortion only requires “2 pairs of gloves (1 for the ultrasound and 1 for the procedure) and a reusable face shield. A gown and mask are not usually required… If a person is forced to carry their pregnancy to term, their cesarean section would require significantly more PPE…” (We have inserted pictures of face shields in case readers may be wondering how they differ from masks.)

Now you know. Clinic personnel will not be wearing face masks for surgical abortions. We wonder— Do they require the patients do so?

Sincere thanks to the sidewalk counselors who have consistently stood nearby the women entering the EMW clinic despite the pandemic. A wonderful description of what is going on there, written by Ed Harpring, the Pro-Life Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Louisville, can be read on Facebook.


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ferko.jpgAt the end of the 2020 Legislative Session Sen. Ernie Harris, R-District 26, announced his retirement after 25 years. A pro-life voter in the Legislature, we wish him well. District 26 comprises Oldham County and northeastern Jefferson County.

In a special election slated for the state's re-scheduled Primary Election, KRLA has endorsed William G. Ferko, a Prospect businessman and charitable organizer.

Mr. Ferko is a private investor and director of computer/ manufacturing innovator, Sypris Solutions, Inc. He is staunchly pro-life and will "tirelessly uphold our Kentucky values" as a Republican representing the 26th Senatorial District. His campaign website soon will have more information.

He is board chairman of Dismas Charities and a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council 13053 which is active in pro-life work. He responded to the KRLA-PAC endorsement thanking KRLA "for your work to prevent abortions and to prevent killing babies."

The Democrat opposing him is a graduate of EMERGE-Kentucky. EMERGE is a candidate-training organization for Democratic women. The EmergeAmerica.org website lists former Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, Gloria Steinem, Donna Brazile, Patricia Schroeder (etc) on its advisory board. In a Politico article, it appears that Emerge candidates get $$$$$ from George Soros. The same article is on the Emerge website.

PLEASE BE AWARE: Since District 26 is a SPECIAL ELECTION, the PRIMARY is the ONLY TIME that you can exercise your vote for a PRO-LIFE SENATOR FOR DISTRICT 26. The election of Bill Ferko is critical to maintaining a strong voice for the vulnerable preborn during the 2021 legislative session.

If you can help in his campaign in any way, email right away!


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Have you heard that President Trump is to blame for COVID19 and must be voted out?

Reasonable people know that our President is a victim, not a perpetrator, of this societal wrecking ball. We know he is our pro-life champion. Likewise we know that Sen. McConnell is consistently pro-life and has worked to install many conservative judges. (Sen. Paul does not run in 2020.) So let’s show support and vote for our champions in the June 23 Primary!

All of our U.S. Congressmen, half of our state senators, all of our state representatives, many judges and many local candidates are running in the upcoming Primary (some uncontested).

Learn more about which Kentucky state legislators are facing uphill battles (based on previous races) here and here. The deadline to REGISTER TO VOTE is May 26, 4 PM. Register online here.

Click for the 2020 Primary Election PAC Alert Voter Guide!

Your vote will take extra effort this year. READ MORE ABOUT THIS!


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The Courier-Journal stated on December 12, 2019 that the voting rights of more than 140,000 felons with completed sentences were restored by Gov. Beshear. Readers were simultaneously reminded about Bevin’s pardons of criminals through in-article links to stories.

Then, on March 4, 2020, the C-J reported about a state website that allows 152,000 Ky. felons to see if their voting rights have been restored. There is a big difference between 140,000 and 152,000.

Then on April 2, 2020 the C-J told us in a story headline that Gov. Beshear would release 186 inmates, “as coronavirus cases rapidly increase with 700 more coming soon.” But in the article the specific number was 743. “It's likely to be the first of at least two waves of early releases, with the second involving 743 inmates, state officials said.”

Then on April 28, 2020, the C-J announced that Gov. Beshear commuted the sentences of an additional 352 state inmates. They were near the end of sentences for nonviolent, nonsexual felonies.

Gov. Bevin had intended to ask Kentuckians to vote on a ballot measure as to whether or not felon voting rights should be restored. It would be the people’s decision.

An attorney friend has noted: I always thought that, if a person was convicted of a felony, they had shown poor judgment and should lose the right to vote. If they lived a good life for a period of time after serving their time, they could petition for a restoration of their voting rights, but I don't think it should be automatic. I also am not crazy about automatic expungement of records. It is one thing to give a person a second chance, but it is up to the person to show they are worthy of it, and potential employers should not be deceived.

Whatever your sincerely held belief on the matter, the number of felons who can vote this year is increasing as the pandemic evolves. How will this affect the 2020 Elections?

The “niche” is a marketing dream. With a niche, a business can so easily target numerous individuals to attract their interest and to educate them. To gain their loyalty. To—ask for their vote? But, who would do this? Who has the felons’ contact information?

Some races will be very close. For example, in the 2018 General Election, in District 96, Kathy Hinkle (D) won over incumbent representative Jill York (R) by 5 votes. In District 91, for that election, Cluster Howard (D) beat incumbent representative Toby Herald (R) by 7 votes. The image from Ballotpedia.com shows a race that was won by A SINGLE VOTE. Many other races in 2018 were extremely close, and they will be again in 2020.

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Some (many?) citizens may not bother to vote in the Primary because of the “pandemic” process that requires more effort than ever before.

See this article for the new process.

Yes, pro-lifers currently hold a majority in the Kentucky House and Senate, but DON’T EVER IMAGINE that cannot change.


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stress-elet.jpgKentucky’s General Assembly, under the leadership of Senate President Robert Stivers and Speaker of the House David Osborne, continued to meet despite the pandemic. It was a herculean effort.

They faced potential infection, harassment by those who did not want them to meet and those who wanted them to pass specific bills; they endured long hours and unanticipated meetings and discussions relating to dilemmas caused by COVID19.

The stress they experienced during this period would have injured their health, but they did it, and we applaud them. Let's follow their lead and sweat it out —whatever it takes to Get The Vote Out and to VOTE in the June 23 Primary.

Your vote will take extra effort this year

Gov. Beshear has stated that The State Board of Elections will send a postcard to each registered voter informing them of the ability and process to vote absentee by mail in the June 23 Primary. The Board of Elections will also create a secure online portal that will allow voters to request that an absentee ballot be mailed to them. (There are instructions to follow on this application for a ballot. Follow them carefully.)

If a person cannot mail in their ballot, then in-person absentee voting will be available, beginning on June 8. Voters will be prioritized by appointment. If you go in to a polling place you will be provided with PPE (masks, etc), and county clerks will implement procedures to limit direct contact between individuals. This could mean drive-through voting. There are numerous other requirements. See the full list here.

Be resolute!

Mail-in voting is known to lower voter “turnout” and increase vote fraud. A conservative publication noted recently: “Progressive organizations, many backed by billionaire activist George Soros, are at the front lines of a campaign advocating for a ‘vote by mail’ system in the upcoming presidential election, citing fears that the Chinese coronavirus pandemic makes it too dangerous to vote in person …President Donald Trump warned that voting by mail would hurt the Republican Party, lambasting Democrat proposals for more money in the coronavirus stimulus bill to fund absentee and vote-by-mail options…”

In Kentucky’s favor, however, is our super, pro-life Secretary of State Michael Adams. He has fought for concessions in the process that will allow in-person voting. He recently tweeted: “Rather than vote-by-mail, we don't mail out ballots to the voter file. We require an application with proof of identity (not a Photo ID; SB 2 takes effect after the primary) to get an absentee ballot.”

No matter what the hassle or strain, your pro-life vote is critical! Look for your postcard; don’t fail to vote!

image from Pixabay.com by David Bruyland


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Governor Beshear used his Friday 5 PM briefing to veto SB 9.

The Courier-Journal reported online at about 6:30 PM, as well as in today’s print newspaper:

Gov. Andy Beshear has vetoed a bill that would hand new power to Attorney General Daniel Cameron to regulate abortion clinics and also require abortions be suspended as an elective procedure during the coronavirus pandemic.

Senate Bill 9 passed in the final hours of the 2020 General Assembly on April 15, also requires doctors to try to save any infant born alive, including after a failed abortion.

At this writing the veto has not yet been posted to the state website.

Reacting, Margie Montgomery expressed “extreme disappointment.” She and thousands of prolifers had politely but firmly sent emails and petitions to the governor pleading with him to uphold the measure either by letting it go into effect without his signature or courageously signing it.

Senator Whitney Westerfield, chief sponsor of SB 9, last week predicted Beshear would veto the bill. He said Friday night that he is “supremely disappointed” with the veto.

“This governor once again demonstrated his hostility to unborn life,” said Westerfield. “If the Lord is willing, I will file this bill on the first day of the 2021 session.”

Polls across America consistently show upwards of 80% of the public support Born Alive protections.

Interestingly, in his veto declaration, Beshear didn’t mention the merged aspect of the bill that provided Attorney General Daniel Cameron with authority to investigate the state’s two abortion clinics.

Cameron called on the Beshear administration earlier to end abortion procedures in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement Friday night he called the veto “reprehensible.” Read the entire statement here.


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This excerpt is from a story by Schu Montgomery in the Spring 2020 Kentucky Right to Life print newsletter. To receive the print newsletter, call the office, 502-895-5959. All KRLA and Affiliate members and donors are eligible to receive the print newsletter.

“ …House Bill 67, an amendment declaring “no right to abortion” in Kentucky’s Constitution, didn’t make it to a vote on the Senate floor. It passed the House in mid-March, yet didn’t receive consideration in the Senate. Westerfield said he and his colleagues never received “a good or consistent answer” as to why HB67 didn’t get a vote in the Senate.

“Constitutional amendments are immune from gubernatorial vetoes. Had HB67 passed the Senate, Kentucky voters could have approved the measure in November’s general election.

“Westerfield insisted the constitutional amendment will be brought up again when the Kentucky legislature reconvenes next year.”


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A lot of information on Transfer Agreements is on this website, including a blog series that questions how Andy Beshear as AG filed an Amicus brief on behalf of EMW and PP. Particularly when it was his duty to defend Kentucky law. ?

Will our current AG Daniel Cameron sue Gov. Beshear for issuing the illegal license to abort?

It is well to pursue lawbreakers in a step-by-step manner as KRS 15.241 and HB451 prescribe. HB451 ended up in the House Rules Committee at the end of the 2020 Legislative Session, however its language was merged into the SB9 bill at the 11th hour of the Session. Many news stories today are reporting this advance.

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For the AG to sue the Governor is a huge and costly step. AG Beshear sued Gov. Bevin five times and won two of the cases: He blocked the governor's $18 million cut to Kentucky universities in 2016 and blocked the administration's pension reform bill in 2018. Bevin won the teacher “sick-out” case, but when Beshear became Governor, he reversed the decision.

Most Kentuckians do not want their AG and Governor to be embroiled in court cases on different sides. Ouch. They would prefer the HB451 method.

Contingencies

Most pro-lifers would understand that the TA case may be decided at any time, and if it upholds Judge Stivers’ verdict, then the clinics will not need TAs.

Possibly the Appeals Court is waiting to learn if the Supreme Court will uphold Louisiana’s Unsafe Abortion Protection Act that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges within 30 miles of a local hospital, and requires doctors who perform more than five abortions a year to maintain proper licensing.

This case further mandates that informed consent protections and reporting of anonymous data and complications apply to to RU486 chemical abortions, just as to surgical abortion, and it clarifies that physicians in both private offices and licensed outpatient abortion facilities owe women the same informed consent protections and reporting of public health data and abortion complications, whether the abortion is surgical or an RU-486 drug-induced abortion.

Kentucky already requires reporting of RU486 abortions and informed consent protections, and does not permit abortions to be performed in private offices nor in public hospitals unless to save the life of the mother.

The tragedy of this long wait for court decisions is the loss of precious and innocent humans who deserved legal protection. So, don’t be surprised if AG Cameron decides to make an issue of the missing TAs as well as the COVID-19 violation of the Governor’s healthcare mandate even if SB9 does not become law. And, don’t be surprised if the Sixth Circuit Court decides in favor of Kentucky’s appeal before SCOTUS rules on the Louisiana case.

An Aside:

Current Kentucky abortion licensing requires that:
An employee or volunteer of the facility while afflicted with any infected wounds, boils, sores, or an acute respiratory infection or any other contagious disease or illness shall not work in any capacity in which there is a likelihood of that person transmitting disease to other individuals.

Since COVID19 carriers may be asymptomatic, this is yet another aspect of licensing law being broken.


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The Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, SB9, now awaits Gov. Beshear’s signature. Will it become law? It contains the HB451 mandate — see related article.

Sen. Whitney Westerfield, its sponsor, noted in an address to the House Judiciary Committee on March 11 that SB9 is not tailored to abortion but covers any child born alive in any circumstance.

In Kentucky, abortions are performed up to 22 weeks, and presently they are done by D&E or “Dismemberment”; no baby is born alive when dismembered inside the womb. In other states where abortions are performed beyond 22 weeks, a similar law could apply if an infant in a late-term abortion were delivered after growing too large to be dismembered.

SB9 will
1. Help parents whose child is born prematurely and may not receive care in some hospitals due to a policy not to treat babies under a certain age due to their prospects for survival, and
2. Help babies born with birth defects, disabilities, or who are unwanted for any reason by their parent(s), to survive by means of nourishment and medically appropriate care.

Some discussion ensued in the committee hearing. You can hear the debate here. Start the video at about 1 hour 18 min.

On the national level, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act pertains to infants who survive a late-term abortion. The bill would amend existing U.S. law enacted in 2002 which focused on defining the born-alive baby as a person: the words "person," "human being," "child," and "individual" shall include every infant member of the species homo sapiens who is born alive (as defined in this Act) at any stage of development. (official summary) . This was to address the fact that some (all?) abortion providers did not view their victims as legal persons.

The updated Act is to “prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.” It was introduced by Tenn. Sen. Marsha Blackburn on Dec. 21, 2017, and passed the House but has yet to pass the Senate.

Sen. Blackburn also headed up the Select Panel on Infant Lives that investigated the scandal of selling baby body parts uncovered by David Daleiden.

The national bill also applies the existing penalties of 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1111 (the federal murder statute) to anyone who performs “an overt act that kills a child born alive.” This would pertain, for example, to an abortion clinic staff person who dissects a breathing born-alive infant in order to harvest an intact liver, or to an abortionist who ends a born-alive baby’s whimpers with a sharp blow to the skull, or by snipping the spine.

Today, medical technology can keep alive an infant born as early as 19 weeks, so the 2002 Law has bearing on many current births as its language does not specify abortion as a condition of the scenario, though at the time it was understood in that construct.

Statistics show the second-trimester birth usually results in a child growing up with serious health problems. This would in part be because some hospitals lack the expertise and equipment for the early ‘preemie.’

Kentucky’s SB9 recognizes that current medical technology can keep alive second-trimester babies who may develop as healthy infants (with major assistance from medical providers), and that there are people willing to adopt these little ones if the parent(s) is/are not able to accept the responsibility.

It could encourage an initiative to focus resources in one medical center for mothers-to-be when preterm birth is anticipated.

There are many who point out that the state should not intervene in decisions that are complex and best made by physicians and parents. The Right to Life standard has consistently been “Always to care, never to kill.”

By acknowledging viability at a stage when some pre-born babies in Kentucky are aborted, we may be entering into a new legal controversy. We should never dread or fear new challenges to life issues; we do, of course, feel anxiety at the prospect of more ill-will and lawsuits.

The war to uphold the value of human life and to end elective abortion sometimes opens on a new front where terms must be redefined. ‘Viability’ has changed since 1973 when Roe v Wade referred to an obstetrics document that stated ‘attainment of fetal weight of 1000 grams or fetal age of approximately 28 weeks is widely used as the criterion of viability.’ (ref)

We applaud our pro-life legislators for passing SB9 and sending it to Gov. Beshear for his signature.


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A visit to the website of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and its Vital Statistics Branch brings into view links to “statistics.” The Services tab leads to the Abortion Requirements and Annual Data Reports heading and description:

All abortion providers must report each procedure as defined in KRS 311.720 to the Department for Public Health, Vital Statistics Branch. Reports must be received within 15 days of the end of the month in which the abortion occurs…

So, if these deaths are to be reported within 15 days as described, why is there no report yet for 2019?

The requirement is:

By Sept. 30 of each year, the Vital Statistics Branch will issue a public report on all data collected that calendar year per KRS 213.101, subsections (1) and (2).

So, for the 2019 calendar year, we can expect to see abortion statistics in September 2020. A lag.

BUT, thanks to a sidewalk counselor team that has stood watch at the EMW Clinic for many years, KRLA is provided with numbers of women entering the clinic each day, with special care taken to avoid counting the same person who enters on consecutive days. (In the current environment, this is a greater challenge, and with the opening of Planned Parenthood in March 2020, the count is unclear.)

You can find the 2019 numbers on the Media Releases page of this website.

KRLA also mails a hard copy of these statistics to numerous churches and to others who request it each month, again, thanks to volunteers and our donors— you.

Though there are some discrepancies between the “on-the-ground” count and the state report, the numbers are close, and the monthly report focuses us on the brute reality that lives are lost every week in our state to abortion, and not only Kentucky lives. There are out-of-state licenses in plain view.

In 2017, 906 of 3202 abortions were of “black” people, and in 2018, 974 of 3203 were. That is 28.3% and 30.4%, respectively. You may want to see the full report, by clicking on the years.

Oddly for each calendar year, 2017 and 2018, there were 3,202 and 3,203 abortions, respectively.

A strange coincidence or an error in the count? Or was there only one more abortion in 2018 than in 2017?

We are grateful that our Legislative Pro-life Caucus is on the job, and they care about these “statistics.”


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In many previous posts we have carefully explained why it is not possible for any abortion clinic in Kentucky to be licensed unless it has Transfer Agreements. Nevertheless, the law that mandates this has been ignored.

For a time we were not sure that Planned Parenthood was doing abortions even though we knew they had been issued an illegal license, but we recently learned a person seeking an abortion had been scheduled there to have one. So, we are assuming that Kentucky now has two abortion clinics.

Though Gov. Beshear has mandated that all elective medical procedures cease, about 380 abortions have been performed this month at the EMW clinic. How many at PP? Who knows?

Attorney General Daniel Cameron is on the move to enforce protection for abortion clinic workers and their clients. But based on media reports of Planned Parenthood and ACLU-led push-back against this common sense initiative in other states, it is likely Cameron's challenge will be opposed.

We urge all pro-lifers to send a message to our AG to encourage him in this fight and to show appreciation. He has shown great leadership for us, and we need to show great support for him.

Based on former AG Beshear challenging Gov. Bevin in court, it was established by Kentucky’s Supreme Court that the AG can sue the Governor. The Court wrote:

“It is certainly in ‘the interest of all the people’ that there be no unconstitutional or illegal governmental conduct.” The Court analyzed the supremacy of the Attorney General as the chief law officer of the Commonwealth, and found that he has broad authority to sue for declaratory and injunctive relief against state actors, including the Governor, whose actions he believes are illegal or unconstitutional.

Though we do not look for AG Cameron to be ‘litigious’ we know he is committed to protect human life in all its stages.

Executive Director Margie Montgomery has weighed in on this controversy. Click to see the WLKY-TV report and video.

Our office staff is on the job throughout the week, though the public cannot enter our building at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions. Your contributions are most welcome, and we thank all who donate, no matter what the amount.


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Ninth in a Series: Pro-life Laws Under Attack

Don’t ever think that AG Daniel Cameron is not bearing down on current pro-life litigation.

Behind the scenes, the Office of the Attorney General with its cadre of crack attorneys is working HARD to seize the day for Kentucky’s laws that are held up in the court system because of ACLU-led challenges.

The Heartbeat and Anti-eugenics Laws that passed in 2019 have been expertly defended. As predicted in the eighth post of this blog series, Judge Hale remanded (put off) the EMW/ACLU’s motion for summary judgment on March 9, 2020, pending the Sixth Circuit Appeals Court resolution of Ohio’s “Preterm-Cleveland v. Himes” lawsuit that litigates a right to abortion if based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

Hale did so following a concerted effort by five law firms (including the ACLU Foundation-NY, NY) to prevent AG Cameron from continuing the defense of this suit, which was forcefully countered by our AG and three of his attorneys, pictured. Their 12-page brief was masterful! Anyone can read it on the PACER (public access to court electronic records) website.

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Their arguments against the EMW/ACLU’s claims that the AG is not entitled to pursue the case are clearly superior and underscore his duty to defend Kentucky Law. It is hard to understand how the case could be decided based solely on how the Sixth Circuit rules on the Ohio Down Syndrome Law.

The Sixth Circuit heard oral arguments on March 11, 2020. We will find out in the not distant future if a pre-born baby who tests positive for Down syndrome is fair game for abortionists in Ohio and Kentucky. This ruling could also determine the fate of Kentucky’s Heartbeat and Anti-eugenics Laws.


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Attorney General Daniel Cameron | March 27, 2020 | Kentucky.gov

Statement from Attorney General Cameron Regarding the Continuation of Abortions During the COVID-19 State of Emergency

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 27, 2020) — Attorney General Daniel Cameron today released the following statement regarding Kentucky’s abortion providers continuing to perform abortions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, I’m calling on CHFS Acting Secretary Eric Friedlander to certify, pursuant to KRS 15.241, that Kentucky’s abortion providers are violating his ban on elective medical procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic by continuing to perform abortions. Kentucky’s current ban on elective medical procedures exists to further the mandated policy of social distancing and to help conserve medical resources for use in fighting COVID-19.

Acting Secretary Friedlander is on the front lines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and I am confident that he understands, better than anyone, the necessity of ending abortion procedures during this health crisis. His certification will immediately trigger action by our office to stop elective procedures during the pandemic.

Abortion providers should join the thousands of other medical professionals across the state in ceasing elective procedures, unless the life of the mother is at risk, to protect the health of their patients and slow the spread of the coronavirus.

On March 14, Governor Beshear recommended that hospitals cease performing elective procedures. Subsequently, on March 23, Acting Secretary Friedlander ordered all “non-emergent, non-urgent in-person medical, surgical, dental, and any other healthcare practice or procedure” to cease. As explained by Acting Secretary Friedlander, the outbreak of COVID-19 is “a public health emergency.” Therefore, “[a]ggressive social distancing measures have been mandated by emergency order as a necessary measure to limit and contain the spread of the COVID-19 infection.”

For more information, contact Elizabeth Kuhn, 502-696-5300.


Ky. Revised Statute 15.241 states: The Attorney General, upon certification by the secretary of the Cabinet for Health Services, shall seek injunctive relief in a course of proper jurisdiction to prevent violations of the provisions of KRS Chapter 216B regarding abortion facilities or the administrative regulations promulgated in furtherance thereof in cases where other administrative penalties and legal sanctions imposed have failed to prevent or cause a discontinuance of the violation. (Effective: July 15, 1998, amended 2005)

It is KRLA’s understanding that if there are violations and the (acting) secretary certifies, then the AG is required to seek injunctive relief. If there are violations and the (acting) secretary does not certify, the AG has discretion whether to seek the relief.

HB451 would further amend KRS 15.241 “to seek injunctive relief as well as civil or criminal penalties for violations of KRS Chapter 216B relating to abortion facilities and KRS 311.720 to 311.830 relating to abortions; provide that, in the absence of certification, the Attorney General may seek injunctive relief as well as civil or criminal penalties.”

The next date that the General Assembly will convene is Wednesday, April 1. We believe our pro-life legislators will pass HB451. But would Gov. Beshear sign it into law?


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by Margie Montgomery, KRLA Executive Director

At my desk after a radio interview today, I saw I had a message in the form of a short video on my cell phone. Oh, who’s that crawling on the polished walnut floor? Is it — yes, it’s a baby … looks like a baby about eight months old, with curly dark hair and a lot of determination. Is it ‐ yes, it is, it’s Irene, my latest great grandchild, and that sounds like her mom speaking to her and working from home during these critical days of the coronavirus stay-at-home routine.

How precious! And then that terrible reminder hit me again: that our Governor’s executive order is being ignored — that all non-essential and elective surgeries be canceled.

According to an article in the 3/23/2020 Courier Journal, his mandate appears to permit abortion (—an elective surgical procedure—) by giving providers “discretion” on what services to cancel, though it halts most “non-urgent, in-person” services. It further states that EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville, the state’s only abortion clinic, plans to continue providing abortions.

As I looked at baby Irene again and visualized the hundreds upon hundreds of infants who lose their lives in brutal manners at this abortuary and so many more throughout our land, I fought the urge to scream! These providers ignore the directives of governors and attorney generals across the U.S., and confirm their facilities are still doing abortions!

A spokesperson for the ACLU, which represents the EMW, is quoted in the C-J article, “Abortion care is necessary and cannot be delayed without creating risks to patients’ health… As such, EMW is continuing to provide care, while abiding by all recommended measures to ensure patient safety.”

Handwashing aside, we have heard and witnessed testimonies from hundreds of women that their abortions were very unsafe.

What is also infuriating is that hundreds of Kentuckians are asking elected officials, whose responsibility is to protect tiny human lives, why these killing centers are getting a pass at this critical time, but the pro-lifers receive no response. Example: The following email shared with me was sent to Governor Andy Beshear this past week by an outraged pro-lifer at this miscarriage of justice, but it was not acknowledged.

Abortion is NOT essential. Abortion, killing of babies, a 99% non-therapeutic procedure, shouldn’t be going on in Louisville at the EMW chamber on Market Street in this extraordinary COVID 19 outbreak!

You order businesses to shut down because of the pandemic, yet permit Kentucky’s only killing center to operate as usual and potentially spread the virus further in our community.

Do something now! Lead by demanding this unnecessary business cease operating!

You can email the governor from this webpage, and the attorney general by clicking here.

Or, if you prefer, write a letter:
The Honorable Andy Beshear
Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky
700 Capitol Avenue, Suite 100
Frankfort, KY 40601



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Watch for a decision from the Cincinnati Appeals Court on Ohio House Bill 241
3/27/2020 12:59:57 PM
Attorney General Daniel Cameron directs CHFS Acting Secretary to certify that abortion providers are violating his ban
3/27/2020 11:40:53 AM
Help stop elective surgeries to abort babies

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