Legislation Highlights & Archive
The Kentucky Legislature has a Pro-Life Caucus! View all its members here.
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.
KRLA successfully lobbied for the following legislation in Kentucky with fellow pro-life activists:
Laws Rescinded, Blocked or Pending Appeal
Number of times a child’s heart approximately beats before birth:— Live Action (@LiveAction) September 29, 2018
Number of children killed since Roe v. Wade:
Number of heartbeats stopped by abortion:
We MUST #OverturnRoe
Conceived in rape, former Miss Pennsylvania shares why every human life deserves protection. https://t.co/MVlmdOFygY— Live Action News (@LiveActionNews) September 29, 2018
“…Gov. Matt Bevin's administration has started its appeal of a federal judge's ruling that struck down a state abortion law...(HB454)” Thank you, Gov. Bevin!https://t.co/gCOtl9DZ0A— KY Right to Life (@KentuckyRTL) May 16, 2019