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By law the Vital Statistics Branch must publish Ky’s abortion statistics for the calendar year by September 30. The 2020 Report shows an increase of 79 abortions at the EMW clinic over 2019. Planned Parenthood statistics were 368. This year the University of Kentucky healthcare system has been added.

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The report shows that women ages 25-29 had the most abortions; in 2019 it was the 20-24 age group.

Black Lives Matter?

Of the 4,104 abortions in Ky in 2020, 1,418 or 35% were for black women, up 1% from 2019.

Once again, college-educated women led the way in numbers of abortions: 2,199 with 1-4 years of college, and those with 5+ years had three, but the educational level of 22 women was unknown. As well, of the 4,104 total abortions, only one (1) was classified as ‘necessary.’

This is a very troubling report with many statistics that require professional explanation. Please watch for a follow-up article by Addia.


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Across Kentucky, pro-lifers walked for Life this past weekend. Our slides are on this post and on the Walk Event page, too. Overall, our numbers showed that Kentucky right-to-lifers are tuned in.

In Louisville, Students for Life joined with students from Bellarmine University and Boyce College at the Walk for Life. Addia noted: “I can’t say enough about these amazing students. They are a joy to work with, to be in their presence — they are truly a sign of HOPE for the future. Thank you, as I have said many times, You are 25% of the population and 100% of the future!

In Owensboro and Central Ky, Walks took place on Saturday; in Louisville it was Sunday. The rain in Louisville held off until 4 PM, the time the walk was to end!

We are grateful for those who came and to their sponsors for the financial lift to our organizations.Thank you to all!


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“We are initially disappointed with Judge Jennings’ ruling but respectfully thankful that she did not dismiss the case. She noted that summary judgment was not proper and requested more proof of the reasons the buffer zone would hinder the sidewalk ministry. She denied the the request for dismissal by the defendants.” - Addia Wuchner, Executive Director, Kentucky Right to Life.

The Courier-Journal reported:

Sisters for Life “must be given a reasonable opportunity to present material detailing what the practical effects of the 10-foot buffer zone would be on their sidewalk counseling efforts,” wrote District Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings…

It’s also possible, however, the city could reach an agreement with Sisters for Life to delay creating the buffer zone. A previous agreement suspended the implementation while the judge considered motions in the lawsuit.

Kentucky Today reported:

Jennings denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss because of “remaining fact issues” in the case, which included the plaintiff providing “arguments tailored to the actual effect of the Ordinance” and the defendants demonstrating that “less-restrictive alternatives were tried and failed, or that the alternatives were closely examined and ruled out for good reason.”

Stay tuned for further developments.


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UPDATE on August 21, 2021

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Louisville, KY. (August 20, 2021)

The Yes for Life Alliance launched its campaign today to pass a prolife Constitutional Amendment affirming there is no right to an abortion or the funding of abortions in Kentucky. Yes for Life Chair Addia Wuchner and Vice Chair Angela Minter hosted a press conference at the Kentucky State Fair to introduce the new organization alongside Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles.

“Kentuckians of faith and conscience have the incredible opportunity to make our Constitution reflect our prolife values with their vote on November 8, 2022,” said Wuchner. “The Yes for Life Alliance will encourage voters across the Commonwealth to use their ballot to stand up for the most vulnerable Kentuckians— our unborn children. We are so grateful to the courageous leaders in the General Assembly who passed legislation and gave us this chance to be clear that there is no right to an abortion or the funding for abortion in Kentucky.”

In March, the Kentucky General Assembly passed HB 91, which provided for the Yes for Life Constitutional Amendment to appear on the November 2022 ballot. The Amendment, if ratified, will prevent state judges from reading abortion rights into the Constitution and asserting their own politics over the will of the people.

“The Yes for Life Constitutional Amendment is the final piece of the puzzle to make Kentucky a prolife state,” said Minter. “We ask for the prayers and support of all Kentuckians as we embark on this journey to strengthen our Constitution. We will work in every corner of our Commonwealth, urging everyone to vote Yes for Life. Together, we can end the culture of death and make Kentucky lead the nation in defending the defenseless.”

“Kentuckians are proud to be prolife and the Yes for Life amendment is one more way they can stand up for the dignity of life,” Commissioner Quarles said. “As a former legislator with a strong prolife voting record, I am proud to be here today to help spread an important message across the commonwealth: on November 8, 2022, Kentuckians can cast one of the most important votes of their lives and say Yes for Life at the ballot box.”

Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball shared a video endorsing Yes for Life.

Yes for Life Founding Members include Kentucky Right to Life, Sisters for Life, The Family Foundation, the Catholic Conference of Kentucky, the Kentucky Baptist Convention and the Commonwealth Policy Center.

For more information on the Yes for Life Alliance, please visit YesforLifeKY.com and follow the organization’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages.


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UPDATE: September 20, 2021

Argument date now set by SCOTUS for December 1, 2021

To see the list of Amicus briefs that have been filed by pro-abortion supporters of the Miss. case Respondents, go here.


UPDATE: July 30, 2021

On behalf of pro-life advocates across Kentucky:

“Thank you Leader McConnell, Senator Paul, Congressmen Barr, Comer, Rogers, Guthrie and Massie for your pro-life stance and signing the Congressional Amicus brief in support of Mississippi’s pro-life law. Thank you Attorney General Cameron for signing the Amicus brief of 24 AGs. Thank you State Representatives Bridges, Decker, Fischer, Imes, Petrie and Tipton for signing the Amicus brief of the State Legislators.” - Addia Wuchner

To see the massive list of Amicus briefs that have been filed in support of the Miss. case, go here.


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Mississippi's Attorney General Lynn Fitch has enhanced her appeal to SCOTUS with an Amicus Brief, asking the Court to:

  • Clarify what a state’s interests are with respect to human life in the womb
  • Consider the many societal changes that outdate Roe v Wade’s premise
  • Resettle the abortion debate in states’ legislatures where it belongs
  • Overturn both Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (the ‘undue burden’ snag in legislation)

Her news releases about her Brief are well worth reading. Read them here and here. An excerpt from one of these makes clear why SCOTUS must help states by returning providence over abortion legislation to their elected representatives:

“There are those who would like to believe that Roe v. Wade settled the issue of abortion once and for all,” said Attorney General Fitch. “But all it did was establish a special-rules regime for abortion jurisprudence that has left these cases out of step with other Court decisions and neutral principles of law applied by the Court. As a result, state legislatures, and the people they represent, have lacked clarity in passing laws to protect legitimate public interests, and artificial guideposts have stunted important public debate on how we, as a society, care for the dignity of women and their children. It is time for the Court to set this right and return this political debate to the political branches of government.”

The National RTL with Louisiana RTL has also filed a Brief with more explanation on why it is imperative to resolve the current confusion and mayhem that mark the nation’s abortion debate. For example, in the Dobbs (Miss. case) trial, the judge did not even allow Miss. (the State) to enter evidence in defense of its law. These include protecting pre-born human life (including from pain), protecting maternal health, guarding against sex-, race-, and disability, and other vital interests. This has been true in many such trials in many states including in Ky!

The original “Question Presented” for SCOTUS is:

  1. Whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional.
  2. Whether the validity of a pre-viability law that protects women's health, the dignity of unborn children, and the integrity of the medical profession and society should be analyzed under Casey's “undue burden” standard or Hellerstedt‘s balancing of benefits and burdens.
  3. Whether abortion providers have third-party standing to invalidate a law that protects women's health from the dangers of late-term abortions.

This case could affect other pro-life legislation that is mired in courts across the country, including our own Heartbeat and No-discrimination laws. Mississippi is also awaiting a decision on a Heartbeat Law.

The case is not scheduled to be ruled on until 2022, according to the SCOTUS Blog. It is not yet “set for argument”.

Online discussions are already amplifying the “Question”

Examples:

Is the so-called conservative majority on SCOTUS a fact or is it a fable? Perhaps this case will reveal the truth. Or not.

Can they abort the baby a.k.a. fetus (to socially distance), cannibalize her profitable parts, sequester her carbon pollutants, and have her, too? That is the question.

Do they follow The Constitution, a consensus of laws for the People and our Posterity, acknowledge the Declaration: Pro-Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness (without diversity including ageism), or are they socially progressive and subscribe to the Pro-Choice religion, the wicked solution? That, too, is the question.

About fetal abnormalities

The Mississippi Law which was challenged by Jackson Women’s Health prohibits all abortions after 15 weeks except in cases of health emergencies or fatal fetal abnormalities. Health emergencies occur, but according to an ObGyn and former abortionist, Dr. Anthony Levatino, “Abortion is worthless for saving women’s lives.” He explains why in a presentation to students, in a video shown on this website.

There are many cases where an early ultrasound or medical test shows a severe abnormality, but later on, a healthy baby is born. Tests are not always accurate. Often, a woman with a fetus who is abnormal will miscarry. As well, some women do not want an abortion even when it is known that the child will die in her womb.

During the spring of 2020 a testimony was presented by Rep. Melinda Gibbons Prunty in the Ky Legislature to show support for the HB 67, the predecessor to HB 91 (2021), the Yes For Life bill. She explained that a woman may not need to have an abortion based on a diagnosis of a fatal fetal abnormality. The baby can be delivered, allowing her time for bonding and grieving. Her testimony is at about 26 minutes on KET.org, here.


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By Addia Wuchner, Executive Director, Kentucky Right to Life

Ours was a protest of disappointment directed at Mount St. Joseph, a Catholic University in Cincinnati, Ohio, founded in 1920 by the Sisters of Charity. Wednesday evening we stood prayerfully, joining Cincinnati Right to Life, Students for Life from three states, along with many broken-hearted and upset alumni of the Mount in our protest of disappointment.

Mount St. Joseph knew the position of U.S. President Joe Biden on abortion, which even includes the destruction of the unborn with taxpayer dollars, when they extended the invitation and hosted his visit and nationally covered Town Hall, on this past Wednesday evening, July 21st.

While Kentucky Right to Life is not affiliated with any particular religious or political organization, it is our mission to advance the culture of life, rooted in the truth about the human person. The position on the sanctity of human life is not unique to Catholic Church teaching, but is held by many denominations across the globe reflecting the fact that from the earliest times, Christians sharply distinguished themselves from surrounding pagan cultures by rejecting abortion and infanticide.

It is clear where President Biden stands on this fundamental matter which is in direct opposition to the position of the Catholic Church, affirmed in its Catechism which states: “Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law” (CCC No. 2271).

It was such a dark departure for Mount St. Joe to host the event. This institution was founded in a faith that fundamentally believes every human life, from the moment of conception until death, is sacred because the human person is made in the image and likeness of the living and holy God.

Kentucky Right to Life extends sincere appreciation to Archbishop Schnurr with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

“Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr has not been contacted by any involved party about the upcoming visit of President Joseph R. Biden to Cincinnati to participate in a CNN town hall meeting at Mount St. Joseph University. Archbishop Schnurr has therefore not been asked for, nor would he have granted, his approval for any such event to occur on Catholic premises. Mount St. Joseph University operates under the sponsorship of the  Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati …”


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Update on Buffer Zone

5:19 PM | July 15, 2021

“Kentucky Right to Life and all of our prowoman prolife advocates are pleased that our pursuit of litigation has resulted in the city permitting sidewalk counseling ministry to continue by extending the temporary emergency injunction as we await Judge Jennings’ decision on the matter” - Addia Wuchner, Executive Director, Kentucky Right to Life.


TESSA REDMOND | July 8, 2021 | Kentucky Today

Louisville Metro Government calls for summary judgment in ‘buffer zone’ lawsuit

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Louisville Metro Government filed the final brief regarding its motion to dismiss a pro-life lawsuit opposing the contentious “buffer zone” ordinance on Wednesday.

The lawsuit was first filed on June 8 by Ky Right to Life and Sisters for Life, a pro-life sidewalk counseling ministry, on the grounds that the ordinance infringed upon their constitutional rights of free speech and free exercise of religion. Attorneys reached a temporary agreement until July 16, when the buffer zone surrounding the EMW Women’s Surgical Center, one of two women’s health clinics providing abortions in the state, will go into effect.

This final brief, submitted by Jefferson County Attorney Michael O’Connell, follows both a memorandum opposing the city’s motion and a reply seeking injunctive relief, which was filed by the plaintiffs in Western District Court on June 28.

“The Ordinance does not violate or substantially burden any of plaintiffs’ constitutional rights,” the brief read.

“The Ordinance creates time, place and manner restrictions on speech and assembly outside of healthcare facilities to ensure the safety of patients entering and exiting such facilities and to provide enforcement officers with bright-line rules which are both significant and legitimate government interests.”

In response to the lawsuit’s allegation that the ordinance is overbroad and restricts religious, pro-life speech, the brief claims the ordinance is content-neutral — meaning it “does not attempt to regulate the content of any individual’s speech” within the buffer zone outside of the EMW.

“Any restriction of plaintiff’s speech, freedom of assembly, and free exercise of religion are minimal and justified by the government’s significant interest in the subject Ordinance,” the brief read.

Under the ordinance, healthcare facilities are not required to establish buffer zones and must request one from Public Works. According to the brief, the EMW is the only facility to request the ordinance “given the unique and long history of violence and harassment at this location.”

Addia Wuchner, executive director of Ky Right to Life, stated there is a difference between sidewalk counseling ministry and protesting, which Metro Government identified as “assault, harassment, stalking and intimidation” in its reply.

“Our case is defending the right of sidewalk counselors, which is a ministry, to meet women and to present them with alternatives at a very critical moment in their life,” Wuchner said. “The buffer zone prevents that opportunity for more intimate communication.”

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UPDATE: August 23, 2021

Ky Supreme Court rules in favor of AG Cameron

The Ky Supreme Court ruled on Saturday, Aug. 21, that the Franklin Circuit Court was wrong to block the bills that the Ky Legislature had passed to limit Gov. Beshear’s powers. The Courier-Journal noted, “The unanimous ruling is mostly a victory for the Republican-dominated Kentucky General Assembly and Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who argued the legislation passed earlier this year to limit the governor's power was constitutional and should not have been blocked.”

This means that AG Cameron will have more latitude in pursuing the allowances of HB2 should future mandates be issued. SB1 states that the Governor’s executive orders are limited to 30 days unless extended by the General Assembly. More.


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In Kentucky, new laws do not take effect for 90 days following the Regular Session of the Legislature, unless marked as An Emergency. SB 9, the “Born Alive” bill, took effect immediately. HB 155, the “Newborn Safety Device” bill, became law on June 29th AND the first baby box was installed at Okolona Fire Station #1 located at 8501 Preston Highway in Louisville on July 1st!

HB 91—Yes for Life— has a longer shelf life. It will be on the ballot in 2022, and Kentuckians will vote whether to amend the Ky Constitution with this text: “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.” As Sponsor Joe Fischer has said, “There will be no Roe v. Wade decision in Ky. The regulation or elimination of abortion will be vested in the Ky General Assembly, not in the courts.”

HB 2, An Emergency, passed into law already, allowing the Attorney General to seek injunctive relief and civil and criminal penalties to prevent, penalize and remedy violation(s) of

  • a statute relating to abortion facilities
  • certain statutes relating to abortions, and
  • emergency management orders relating to elective medical procedures stating that during a state of emergency abortion is deemed to be an emergent or urgent medical procedure.

However, Senate Bills 1 and 2 that limit the Governor’s powers in managing emergencies, were served injunctions by Gov. Beshear right after they passed and now are under litigation in the Ky Supreme Court (along with House Bill 1 and House Joint Resolution 77, also relating to emergency executive orders).

SB 1 and 2 affect HB 2. That is why abortion continued to be viewed as an emergency procedure even after these bills passed both House and Senate, and even though their vetoes were overridden.

The Supreme Court ruling should be issued soon. We expect the Ky Legislature’s amendments to be upheld and will report on this case in a future e-letter. We commend Chad Meredith for a masterful job of arguing this case on behalf of AG Cameron.

As important as the Law IS, when we consider that we are still looking for a response from EMW and Planned Parenthood in regard to the Transfer Agreements LAW that was UPHELD by the Appeals Court LAST NOVEMBER, and a ruling on the 2019 Heartbeat and No-discrimination LAWS from the District Court ever since spring 2020, we realize the great importance of working to change hearts.

Laws can save lives, but the heart is where the action is.


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UPDATED 6-8-21 11 AM

SIDEWALK COUNSELORS CONTINUE!

The parties have agreed that Ordinance O-179-21 (the “Ordinance”), prohibiting the sidewalk ministry from practicing their religious freedoms for half a city block claiming it is a “buffer zone” to EMW’s property, will not be enforced until July 16, 2021 in order to allow the attorneys involved to complete briefings.

Attorney Chris Wiest, who represents those having their rights violated by the Ordinance, stated, “I consider this a win in the first round, because it allows the ministry to continue.”

Addia Wuchner said, “We are pleased that our attorney has been able to broker a temporary agreement as we prepare for a full hearing in Western District Court. As a pro-life, pro-women organization, we believe that sidewalk ministry plays an important role in a woman’s right to have fully informed consent.”


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A new and good wrinkle in the Buffer Zone (BZ) controversy in Louisville has arisen.

We are glad to report that Angela Minter and her organization, Sisters For Life, together with Kentucky Right To Life, filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction against Louisville Metro, Mayor Greg Fisher, Louisville Metro Police Chief Ericka Shields, and Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell against Louisville’s new BZ ordinance, on the grounds that the new ordinance violates their free speech rights and prohibits them from practicing their faith.

The Sisters For Life regularly minister to women at the EMW abortion clinic in Louisville. In 2019, EMW performed 99.5% of all abortions in Kentucky. Angela and Sisters for Life saved 800 babies from having their lives cut short by ministering to women and their partners and revealing other life choices available to them for their child other than abortion, including adoption, free housing during and after the pregnancy, free child care, free help with college tuition if they choose not to abort their child, parenting resources including diapers, formula, clothes, parenting classes, counseling and more, such as information about child development that shows parents how developed their child is at the particular stage of their pregnancy.

Angela and Sisters For Life consider it essential to maintain a caring demeanor, a calm tone of voice, and direct eye contact while ministering to people on the sidewalk outside of the abortion clinic. They do not yell, protest with signs, or block the path. They walk beside women sharing information.

On May 20, 2021, the Metro Council passed Ordinance O-179-21 (the “Ordinance”), in a 14-11 divided vote prohibiting the sidewalk ministry from practicing their religious freedoms for half a city block claiming it is a “buffer zone” to EMW’s property.

Why are Louisville Metro Council, Mayor Fisher, Chief Shields and Attorney O’Connell so interested in limiting a women’s right to information? —in this instance, not only her rights to information about her body, services available to her family, but information some believe could protect her soul.

Margaret Sanger, who strategically placed abortion clinics in low-income black neighborhoods in a covert effort at genocide, proudly boasted that it was cheaper to kill poor children before they are born than to sustain them on welfare after birth.

If you limit a woman’s access to information, you limit her options

Chris Wiest, the attorney who filed the lawsuit, stated: “The City of Louisville should know better than to pass this flagrantly unconstitutional ordinance and we look forward to having it struck down.”

Addia Wuchner, Executive Director of Kentucky Right to Life issued the following statement: “Kentucky Right to Life and our members were disappointed by the decision to utilize buffer zones at the EMW abortion clinic. The Supreme Court has previously affirmed the sidewalk counselor ministry ensuring that women have the opportunity to make a fully informed consent. Kentucky Right to Life will continue to advocate for the protection of the unborn child and the First Amendment right of citizens to peacefully gather, pray, support women, and respectively bear witness in defense of innocent life. We stand in full support of the injunction filed by Angela Minter and Sisters for Life.”


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UPDATE: August 23, 2021

NRLC urges: Contact your legislator!

The Senate on a near party line vote adopted the Lankford (R-OK) amendment to the Democrats’ $3.5T budget resolution to preserve the Hyde amendment. Sen. Manchin (D-WV) joined all Republicans in voting Yes. News link

September 30th is the deadline for funding the government, at which point a stopgap measure would be necessary to keep the government open. Pro-life Senators are committed to saving the Hyde Amendment and will continue working toward that goal. It is essential to tell your senators that HYDE must be saved! Sign the petition!


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As a candidate for president, he promised the most radical pro-abortion groups in America that he would scrap the Hyde Amendment and force Americans to fund the killing of babies in abortions with their tax dollars. #Promisesmadepromiseskept #prolife

Statement by KRLA Executive Director Addia Wuchner

LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Promises made promises kept! Devastating. All I will say is the President is certainly a man of his word. President Biden made it official today by proposing a federal budget without the Hyde Amendment for the first time since the late 1970s when it was adopted.

If he thinks the American people are OK with their tax dollars paying for the killing of unborn children, then he doesn’t know Americans.

President Biden literally kickstarts Memorial weekend, a weekend when we honor and remember those who have fallen and given their lives for the freedoms and liberties we all cherish with the devastating undermining of a 45-year held provision that ensured taxpayer dollars did not pay for abortions.

I am convinced that Americans do not want to PAY for playing GOD with the value of human life.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.- While the Buffer Zone vote by the Louisville Metro Council was disappointing, it was not unexpected. We had hoped that the hearts and intellects of the members who express concern for safety would show true concern for vulnerable women about to make a decision that will affect them throughout their lives. To quote Mother Teresa, 'Abortion is a crime that not only kills the child but also the conscience of all involved.' We at Kentucky Right to Life are committed to protecting the lives of the unborn and the health and safety of women. This vote denies women the compassionate walk-beside-you help that is needed at the critical moment. Many women do not realize that there is help available for them and their babies..." Read Addia Wuchner's full statement.

See the Metro Council discussions and testimonies here.

 


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Earlier this week, LifeNews.com and other online news services reported that the US Supreme Court has agreed to hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a legal case addressing a law that bans abortions after 15 weeks. The case will be heard in the autumn of 2021.

The 2018 Mississippi law prohibits abortions after 15 weeks except when there are risks to the life or physical health of the mother, or fatal fetal anomalies…

Mississippi’s law highlights a conflict between the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade and the court’s repeated affirmation in subsequent cases that states have a legitimate interest in limiting abortion and protecting “vulnerable and innocent life” from the moment of conception.

“Every human life is valuable, and Mississippi’s law is a commonsense step toward protecting unborn children and their mothers from the harms of late-term abortion,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Denise Harle. “The law protects the life of a baby who can already move around and kick in her mom’s womb— a child who has a heartbeat, can taste what her mom eats, and can experience pain. And the law also protects women, since late-term abortions grow increasingly dangerous to the mother’s health. Women and their children both deserve real health care; that’s why we’re glad the Supreme Court has decided to take up this matter.” (ref)

This Forum reported last fall that SCOTUS would hear this case, but the timeline was pushed forward to this week.


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Updated May 7, 2021

BUFFER ZONE VOTE RESCHEDULED

A procedural vote on the Buffer Zone took place at the May 6 Council meeting. The vote set this issue aside; it will return to the full council on May 20. Keep those cards and calls coming! Let the Council members hear from you.

A Facebook video of the meeting with the pro-life arguments by Atty. Annie MacLean and Chelsea Pritchett is here. Move the play button to 7:20.


ORIGINAL POST:

Arguments were presented on April 28 for and against a 10-foot Buffer Zone to mark how close sidewalk counselors may stand to any Metro Louisville healthcare facility. The Community Affairs, Housing, Health and Education Committee voted 5 - 2 to send the Buffer Zone ordinance to the full Council for a vote.

Last August the Buffer Zone was voted down by the Metro Council. We trust that the new Council members will study the discussions in their minutes to carefully consider what is at stake.

Executive Director Addia Wuchner participated in the committee meeting, and has made an official statement:

We advocate for the protection of the unborn child and the First Amendment right of citizens to peacefully gather, pray, support women, and respectfully bear witness in defense of innocent life. While the Courts have recognized that states and cities have significant interest in maintaining public safety and preserving access to health care facilities, they have nevertheless ruled it is unconstitutional to take control of a public sidewalk for the sole, discretionary use of a private business like the EMW abortion facility, as it impedes the right to free speech. Those proposing the ordinance and abortion advocates say that it is a matter of public safety, but make no mistake, this is a direct attempt to silence pro-women, pro-child, pro-life advocates and the public’s right of free speech.

In a Courier-Journal article last summer, Council member Marilyn Parker noted, “I just don’t think this is a very good look for the council, with the protests, the destruction and the disorder that’s been allowed to happen in the city. We need to think about this. Why does this group get special privileges for safety?”

A video of the committee meeting is shown here. The Metro Council will vote on the Ordinance on May 6. You can read the Ordinance here. Contact a Council Member here.


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This week the FDA suspended regulations on dispensing the abortion pill for the duration of the pandemic.

…the FDA cited a number of studies by abortion advocates claiming to have demonstrated that these at-home telemedical, ‘no-test’ abortions were safe.

This means a female can order her chemical (medical) abortion online during a consultation with a doctor, and receive the meds in the mail.

Read more on the National Right to Life blog.

KRLA and representatives of the General Assembly are already working on legislation to address this in the 2022 session in a Omnibus Bill.

Meanwhile, know how to be a sidewalk counselor in your own neighborhood!


Related article: A third to one-half of abortions in USA are chemical not surgical

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by Addia Kathryn Wuchner, Executive Director

We are excited about the passage of HB 91! To God be the glory, always.

On behalf of Ky Right to Life, thank you Senate President Robert Stivers, House Speaker David Osborne, and Rep. Joe Fischer for your leadership, and to House and Senate members for your support and passage of HB 91.

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We have been especially blessed to work in partnership with our tremendous pro-life and pro-family organizations: Sisters for Life, Family Foundation, the Kentucky Baptist Convention, the Catholic Conference of Kentucky, and the Commonwealth Policy Center.

I am sincerely grateful to the many people across the Commonwealth who responded in prayer and action, reaching out to their legislators to affirm their support for HB91 and their Yes for Life.

Changing Hearts, Saving Lives!

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