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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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Yesterday, Monday, March 23, Gov. Beshear's COVID19 bulletin noted that that all elective medical procedures had been mandated to cease.

Today, we know from sidewalk counselors and the EMW website, that EMW is performing elective abortions. In fact they exclaim on their site that they are “OPEN and seeing patients!”

The Kentucky General Assembly is not meeting today. It is stated on Twitter that they will convene this Thursday, March 26. Will they? We urge pro-lifers to contact your legislators about passing pro-life bills, as requested in previous posts, and to ask that ALL elective surgeries be stopped immediately.

KRLA is at work to beg for mercy for the unborn. Board President Diana Maldonado has sent an open letter to Gov. Beshear, shown below, and other efforts are being made.

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NRLC is also on the job, calling for legislators to enforce their mandate that elective surgeries be re-scheduled:

In response to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, hospitals and other primary care facilities are rightly focused on this medical emergency. Federal and state governments have called for all elective surgeries to be rescheduled in order to ensure care for those in immediate need and to free up vital resources to treat those impacted by COVID-19.

The abortion industry is ignoring this call and instead is working to ensure there is no interruption in the destruction of unborn babies.

What is going on at Planned Parenthood in Louisville? Though we know that it was illegal to issue PP a license to operate as an abortion clinic, we realize that abortions might take place anyway.

EMW states on their website that they are “the ONLY licensed abortion clinic in Kentucky.” But they have no valid license, unless they have obtained a Transfer Agreement of which we are not aware. Their claim, however, tends to indict PP— the pot calling the kettle ‘black’? It is true, however, that the EMW has judicial permission to operate. See this post.

But they do not have Gov. Beshear’s permission. See image below. Who is in charge?

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Following is a brief delineation of aspects of the testimonies on the House floor (see previous post) that promoted disinformation. This was especially harmful and confusing to the youth who were guests in the House during these proceedings. KRLA's comment on each testimony is in red. (Some comments pertain to legislation passed in previous years; some are paraphrased.) Please share this article!

1. Testimony of Tamara, read by Mary Lou Marzian:
Decreasing women’s access to abortion will likely increase negative health outcomes and complications including maternal and infant mortality … Waiting periods are hurtful … Abortion is a core component of social and economic equality and crucial to a woman’s dignity and privacy needs.

How did these talking points enter the common discourse on abortion rights? Through ACOG and similar organizations that are medical associations that have become political in their mission. See the amicus brief referenced in this post.

2. Testimony of ObGyn Dr. Christine Cook, read by Lisa Willner:
This bill is functionally a complete ban on abortion … a gross interference in the care of patients … I have taken care of patients who could die, on babies who could never survive outside the womb … where termination must be chosen for babies with severe anomalies… for women who cannot afford another child … It is the clear consensus of ACOG (and others) that it interferes with physician-patient relationship … It is a violation of patients’ constitutional rights.

In sponsoring HB67 Rep. Fischer has explained that neither the U.S. nor the Ky. Constitution protects a right to abortion. The Roe v. Wade case evidenced ‘raw judicial power’ in its decision, and because of the aggressive nature of pro-choice advocates, some states have been lobbied to find this supposed ‘right’ to an abortion in their state constitutions. This could happen here. All HB67 does is to allow our General Assembly to regulate abortion. It can provide for exceptions in statutory laws, as is currently done. It prevents the courts from becoming involved such that our pro-life laws are overturned in the courts irrespective of the pro-life sentiment of voters in Ky.

In some of Dr. Cook’s examples, she confuses elective abortion with therapeutic abortion. If a woman could die, current law and HB67, with HB48 that passed last year, permit abortion. Current law effectively permits elective abortion up to 22 weeks.

3. Testimony of Ashley, read by Jeffery Donohue:
At 20 years of age while still living at home, experienced ectopic pregnancy… feared my father would throw me out and that an emergency room would notify him… went to clinic and would have died without an abortion— had I been subjected to a waiting period I would have died.

There is never any waiting period for a medical emergency, whether in a hospital or clinic.

4. Testimony of Katy, read by Josie Raymond (while holding her baby girl):
At 12 weeks pregnancy an ultrasound showed my baby was abnormal and its heart would stop in the coming weeks… at the time the Ky Legislature was debating D&E abortion… the bill offered no exception to people like me… At 18 weeks my baby’s heart stopped and I chose to deliver it, but if [HB454] had been passed, I could not have chosen a D&E by law… .

The Dismemberment Abortion law (currently under litigation - not in effect) does not prevent D&E abortion; it only legislates that the fetus must be humanely treated, ensuring its demise through a painless injection before it is dismembered. Please also listen to Rep. Prunty’s testimony (at about 29 min.) that speaks to the issue of babies who die and must be delivered posthumously.

5. Testimony of Danielle, read by Joni Jenkins:
Abortion access is sacred… As a rape victim the barriers in Kentucky to abortion caused hardship for me… had to travel three hours from W. Ky. to Louisville… Law allows no insurance coverage… Every woman should have the healthcare coverage they need… This bill has no exceptions.

‘Life of the mother’ is the current exception for abortions performed in public hospitals. This recognizes that the pre-born baby has a right to life no matter how it was conceived. Insurance plans have varying coverages.

6. Testimony of Jackie McGranahan, ACLU of Ky., read by Reginald Meeks:
HB67 is especially bad for poor and low income women… (other similar points to previous testimonies).


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Many national and Kentucky media outlets reported that HB67 passed the House of Representatives. It is significant legislation, and has been received in the Senate.

The Amendment submitted to voters in Nov. 2020 would read: “To protect human life, nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion. Vote yes or no.”

Some testimonies of pro-abortion women were not heard ‘in committee’ when HB67 was considered. This was due to time restrictions and many legislative issues on the docket. However, when HB67 landed on the House Floor for a vote, those testimonies were read in full by Democrat Representatives, including Mary Lou Marzian, Lisa Willner, Jeffery Donohue, Josie Raymond, Joni Jenkins and Reginald Meeks, all who are representatives from Jefferson County.

Those who questioned any need for HB67 or stated it was bad legislation or bad for women included: Maria Sorosis, Tom Burch, Al Gentry and Attica Scott, all Jefferson Co.; Kelly Flood (Fayette-part), Derrick Graham (Franklin-part) and Patti Minter (Warren-part). Some others spoke out to ask for clarification or to explain their vote. The full discussion can be viewed here (Part 1- starting at about 53 min.) and here (Part 2).

Those speaking out in favor of HB67 were Rep. Joe Fischer (Campbell-part), sponsor of the bill, Stan Lee (Fayette-part) and Melinda Prunty (Hopkins-part, Muhlenberg). For Lee’s and Prunty’s speeches, start at 22 min. here. Fischer’s remarks opened the discussion and were in answer to many questions.

Democrats who voted YEA include: Terri Clark (Boyd), Joe Graviss (Fayette-part, Franklin-part, Woodford), Angie Hatton (Letcher, Pike-part), Kathy Hinkle (Carter, Lawrence), Cluster Howard (Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Madison-part, Owsley), Russ Meyer (Fayette-part, Jessamine-part), Dean Schamore (Breckinridge, Hancock, Hardin-part), John Sims Jr (Bracken, Fleming, Mason, Robertson), Wilson Stone (Allen, Simpson, Warren-part), Ashley Tackett Lafferty (Floyd, Pike-part), Buddy Wheatley (Kenton-part), and Rob Wiederstein (Daviess-part, Henderson-part). That’s 12 democrats— A big thank you to all these!

The Vote History is here. See related post.


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No legislators are at work in “the Peoples’ House” today due to virus contagion concerns. It was a busy week with good progress up to today. HB67 and HB451 passed the House and SB9 is posted for passage on March 17. For info on HB370 and SB90, see the previous post. HB391 has advanced to the House Rules Committee.

A good summary of the discussion on HB451 and HB67 is found on the KET March 10 Legislative Update.

HB 67 disinformation

Having carefully listened to the testimonies on March 10 from numerous representatives, we are very troubled by the disinformation spread. The bill passed the House, but anyone listening to the discussion could be confused by the testimonies. Hats off to Reps. Joe Fischer, Stan Lee and Melinda Prunty for their excellent explanations to set the record straight. But they were three against at least 14 who spoke out against the bill, with youth present in the assembly.

We want to counter some of the testimonies with facts in a new post on the KRLA Forum to assist pro-lifers in defending this bill.

Stan Lee and Kelly Flood


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Wednesday, March 4, marked the deadline for new bills to be filed in the 2020 Kentucky Legislative Session. At this writing, many pro-life bills including SB90, the Conscience bill, have been mired in amendment quicksand.

Though HB67, the Constitutional Amendment bill, had been posted for passage, it was bogged down by silly amendments. (See related post).

HB391, to require auditing of abortion statistics reports filed (or not filed!) by abortion clinics, was speared by ridiculous and very raunchy amendments filed by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian. (On the positive side, the audit rule only pertains to EMW, since, so far, the C-J reports that Planned Parenthood is not yet performing abortions in Louisville.)

To view the crabby committee hearing on HB391, go here and start the video at about 52 minutes.

In Marzian’s rage attacks, two amendments call for the Office of the Auditor of Public Accounts to audit privately or publicly held corporations including Wal-mart, etc. Five amendments add language such as “Any man who engages in masturbation or ejaculation without the intent of fertilization shall be guilty of a Class D felony.” View these here.

SB90 had been altered by its sponsor Sen. Meredith— See related post. New amendments by Senators Julie Adams and Morgan McGarvey call for further alterations.

The bill as introduced defines “healthcare service” as “medical care provided to any patient at any time over the entire course of treatment” and includes “initial examination; testing; diagnosis; referral; dispensing or administering any drug, medication, or device; psychological therapy or counseling; research; prognosis; therapy; any other care or necessary services performed or provided by any medical practitioner, including but not limited to allied health professionals, paraprofessionals, or employees of healthcare institutions”. Numerous other terms are defined. The bill’s objective is to ensure rights of conscience for healthcare providers, to prevent discrimination against them, and to permit them to seek justice in court if their conscience rights are violated. This bill in part extends the rules/law of current statute 311.800.

Sen. Adams (R-Louisville) wants to delete “psychological therapy or counseling” and the related providers, “psychology and counseling faculty and students,” and “counselors, social workers.”

Sen. McGarvey (D-Louisville) wants the proposed law to extend to some public servants and legislative activity. His Amendment 3 is in part legal protection for whistleblowers but applies conscience rights for some public servants who wish to decline participation in legislative activity for “conscience” reasons. His Amendment 4 retitles SB90 to “AN ACT protecting the exercise of ethics and diversity among members of medical and public service professions.” His Amendment 5 adds protection for some state employees from discrimination and adds their right to seek relief in court. Read more.

HB370, to require dignified treatment of fetal remains, advanced to the House Rules Committee for a second reading.

HB451, like HB391, enforces existing legislation. It grants the Attorney General more latitude in investigating and punishing violations of state laws for abortion clinic licensure. It has advanced to the Rules Committee.

Let’s keep praying for an end to abortion. Be sure to call the Legislative Message Line, 1-800-372-7181, to encourage passage of pro-life bills.



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4/25/2020 1:07:53 PM
Pro-life legislation SB9 and HB451 not passed; abortion clinics continue to operate during pandemic
4/16/2020 7:01:39 PM
Look for HB67 in the 2021 Legislative Session
4/16/2020 6:54:06 PM
Legislators merge HB451 with SB9 at the last moment of 2020 Session
4/16/2020 4:38:14 PM
2020 Legislative Session bombshell
4/16/2020 4:27:55 PM
SB9 - the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act - for any baby born alive, not restricted to abortion
4/16/2020 4:02:36 PM
State lags way behind in reporting numbers of abortions
3/31/2020 8:10:59 PM
Will AG Cameron’s call for abortion providers to join other medical professionals to cease elective procedures be ignored?
3/31/2020 7:53:08 PM
Watch for a decision from the Cincinnati Appeals Court on Ohio House Bill 241
3/27/2020 7:59:57 PM
Attorney General Daniel Cameron directs CHFS Acting Secretary to certify that abortion providers are violating his ban
3/27/2020 6:40:53 PM
Help stop elective surgeries to abort babies
3/24/2020 7:38:13 PM
Maybe Governor Beshear has no clout?
3/17/2020 6:49:17 PM
Stop the rumors, get the facts!
3/17/2020 6:40:54 PM
House Bill 67, the Constitutional Amendment bill, has passed the House and been received in the Senate
3/13/2020 7:15:22 PM
Two pro-life bills advance from the House to the Senate; one is posted for passage on March 17
3/7/2020 4:34:33 PM
News about pro-life bills under consideration by Kentucky’s General Assembly

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