Legislative Initiatives

Legislation Highlights & Archive

The Kentucky Legislature has a Pro-Life Caucus! View all its members here.

A look back at 2020

A number of pro-life bills and bills affecting pro-life issues were introduced during the 2020 General Assembly. Read about them on these Forum pages:

Senate Bill 102 was signed into law by Gov. Beshear. It clarified many definitions used in legislation. The term 'abortion' replaced 'induced terminations of pregnancy.' SB102 describes how statistics on abortion deaths are to be reported. Read more here. It was sponsored by three pro-life Republicans: Mills, Alvarado and Embry. SB9 was vetoed. Read more here. SB9 was altered to incorporat HB451. HB67 did not pass successfully for a Senate vote but was mired in committee. As well, many of the pro-life initiatives failed to gain hearings or complete their path to a vote due to the COVID19 pandemic that shortened the days of the Session and required extra work and discussions.

A look back at 2019

Four bills were presented by the Pro-life Caucus members early in the 2019 Legislative Session on Jan. 10 at a press conference in the Capitol Rotunda:

  • SB 9 - The “Heartbeat” bill - no abortion after detection of a heartbeat.
  • SB 50 - Abortion Pill Reporting Requirements - require a report of dispensing a prescription for RU-486 …or any other drug …intended to end a pregnancy to the Vital Statistics Branch within 15 days after the end of the month.
  • HB 5 - No abortion for discriminatory reasons - based on sex, race, color, national origin, or disability.
  • HB 148 - Ends abortion - if and when Roe v. Wade is overturned by SCOTUS or states are once again authorized to prohibit abortion.

ALL THESE BILLS were passed during the Legislative Session! A fifth pro-life bill, SB 227, passed the House but did not complete the full cycle to become a law.

Immediately after SB 9 and HB 5 were passed, the EMW Abortion Clinic sued the state of Kentucky. The clinic will be represented by ACLU (NY), the ACLU of Kentucky, Ackerson & Yann, and O’Melveny & Myers in the legal suits. More information about the legal challenge to HB 5 is on the blog. A Courier-Journal article explains how the Heartbeat Bill was immediately blocked. Shortly thereafter HB 5 was blocked by Judge Hale. Read more. We will post more information as it becomes available.

Along with educating, electing strong pro-life leaders, promoting adoption and medical research that does not rely on killing innocent human life, KRLA pursues an aggressive pro-life legislative effort to pass laws that protect innocent human life. We do so because pro-life laws shields those who cannot speak for themselves and their mothers, and because the law is a teacher. To that end, we strongly support pro-life federal legislation and we at times employ lobbyists to work for pro-life legislation in Kentucky.

Kentucky Laws

Laws Rescinded, Blocked or Pending Appeal

The State of Kentucky was sued by the ACLU or/and others to overturn the following laws. See the above navigation menu.

Dismemberment Bill-2018 Heartbeat Bill-2019 No Discrimination Bill-2019 Transfer Agreements