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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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An amicus brief on behalf of Louisiana (see related article) was filed by the Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) to assist SCOTUS in its review of La. Department of Health v. June Medical Services LLC. A related article in the Wall Street Journal is here.

The AAPLOG brief questions whether ACOG (the College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) is truly objective in its abortion views, and accuses ACOG of being an abortion advocacy organization.

On page 15 of the brief, AAPLOG states that it has an interest in showing that ACOG “does not represent the views of either its membership or the 85% of obstetricians and gynecologists in the United States who do not perform abortions.”

An excerpt makes clear how ACOG has reversed its pro-life stance over the years:

ACOG’s 1959 Manual of Standards in Obstetric-Gynecologic Practice permitted abortion only “where the death of the mother might reasonably be expected to result from natural causes, growing out of or aggravated by the pregnancy, unless the child is destroyed.” The Manual also mandated that abortions could be performed only in accredited hospitals. ACOG’s Committee on Maternal Welfare, noting that the justifications for therapeutic abortions were disappearing, “hoped that they may reach an absolute minimum within the foreseeable future,” doing away with abortions altogether…

…As of the 1950s, ACOG’s contribution to public debate about abortion was based solely upon medical science. Dr. Duncan Reid (ACOG board member) of Harvard Medical School argued that “the medical profession should not become actively involved in debates about social mores. … [T]he emergence of abortion and sterilization as political issues would challenge the scientific basis on which physicians’ decisions were based. Reid said, ‘If it [abortion] becomes a social problem then the medical profession has to settle the social problem, and I think we, as doctors, are placed in a position where we do not belong.’”

The amicus brief delineates ACOG’s history, and discloses that in every major abortion case, ACOG has argued consistently against any limitation of abortion. The document cites from 19 legal cases and provides many references to statements in ACOG reports, legal briefs and other sources. Read more!

IF ONLY this brief could have been filed on behalf of Kentucky in any of the numerous ACLU/EMW/PP legal suits which have claimed that ACOG is the scientific, medical authority on the abortion issue, how might the outcomes for our pro-life laws been affected?

Immense THANKS to AAPLOG for revealing the slippery slope engineered by ACOG over 50 years to re-make abortion as medical “care”.



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