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It’s not enough that a female now can get the abortion pills (combination of medications) online with only an online consultation. The abortion mavens want teens and women to get the abortion pills EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT SURE THEY ARE PREGNANT!

They call it the Missed-period Pill (MPP) for No-test Medical Abortion.

A seminar was held last spring to announce the project, and a sample protocol has been written. See here. Media hype has begun. The group is now exploring potential interest.

Why? “It appears that after decades of feminism, culminating in groups like Shout Your Abortion, many women still appear to be ashamed of having an abortion. A dark stigma still hangs over the procedure.” (ref)

According to the NYTimes, “Abortion drugs administered as early as 28 days after a woman’s last period can offer comfort in uncertainty to those who want it.” A survey found that “for all of the ease and convenience of the at-home test, a significant number of women would prefer not to know...”

One participant said that such a service would be ‘a psychological cushion’ for those women “who may be unsure of their own feelings on abortion.” Another said that she thought it would result “in less moral conflict,” and a third that she would feel “less guilty of my choice.”

We were warned by Planned Parenthood that they intend to erase the stigma attached to abortion.

Some abortion activists call the MPP Plan C: “It could be positioned between emergency contraception and abortion (which is the termination of a confirmed pregnancy), filling the gaping hole in the continuum of options available to those trying to manage their fertility.” [ibid Bioedge]

We are sure the American Assoc. of Pro-life ObGyns will work to prevent this potential harm to women and babies. KRLA is on board to protest this highly dangerous experiment.


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Updated January 20, 2021

Ruling in favor of Trump overruled by Biden on Day One

As part of President Biden’s Day One executive actions, non-citizens shall be included in the Census and in the apportionment of congressional representatives.


Updated December 31, 2020

A Trump Victory

On Dec. 18, 2020, The Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that the federal government may remove illegal aliens from the 2020 Census count in relation to apportioning congressional seats, a victory for the Trump administration. However, the Census Bureau missed the statutory deadline of Dec. 31 for handing in the count affecting the seats.

A dissenting opinion was filed by Justice Stephen Breyer, joined by Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. The ACLU promised to sue, should the “policy” be implemented. It is not clear which states could lose a seat in Congress, but California is an educated guess.


ORIGINAL POST:

We await critical 2020 Election news. Will the hard evidence of voter fraud (example) be addressed by the courts and legislators? Nothing is more important, yet there is an issue under SCOTUS review that runs a close second to that one, from a pro-life perspective.

On Monday, Nov. 30, SCOTUS heard oral argument in Trump v. New York. The case will determine whether the 2020 US Census count will include persons or subsets of people in the country illegally. President Trump instructed the secretary of commerce last summer to present the census information so that he could exclude noncitizens from the full count for purposes of apportioning seats in the House of Representatives. The US Constitution, Article I, Section 2, requires congressional apportionment to be based on an “enumeration” of the U.S. population.

This differentiation has been handled variously in the past. A citizenship question was asked in each census from 1890 to 1950, but in 1960, times changed.

So simple?

On the surface it sounds like a simple matter. Why should non-citizens be counted when only citizens can vote for the representatives? However, many insist ‘there is no such thing as an illegal person’ (despite laws to the contrary), and of course, undocumented people are counted in the census so that cities and states can receive federal assistance in serving their needs. This would not be affected.

But if the 2020 Census counts citizens only, perhaps some states would lose congressional seats. Since the Democrats oppose the citizenship question, they must feel that they would. Of course, subtracting Democrat seats benefits pro-life goals.

Including undocumented people in the population count also affects redistricting of legislative enclaves in cities and states. The tendency of large cities toward corrupt politics can produce legislators who are not pro-life.

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Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey B. Wall argued the case for President Trump very well. Atty. Dale Ho, ACLU Voting Rights Dir., argued the case for the ACLU. You can listen to the oral argument here, and a pdf of the transcript is here. The hearing is also on C-span.

President Trump attempted to add a “citizenship question” to the 2020 census in June 2019, but this effort failed, with Chief Roberts casting the deciding vote.

Biden has promised to quickly send an immigration bill to the U.S. Senate with a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million illegal immigrants in America.

Would this action override the 2020 Census citizen count, if Trump does win the legal case? Will Biden be POTUS? Would the newly minted citizens be pro-abortion? Maybe not, but they may still vote for the Party that gave them the pass.

Best case scenario: Our country and officials will refuse to certify illegal votes, President Trump will remain in office, and SCOTUS will favor citizens only as constituents of our representatives.


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This morning, a media conference was held by Black pastors in downtown Louisville to show support for pro-life candidates and “to change the narrative.” The photo shows Pastor Charles Elliott, other pastors and Third Congressional District Republican candidate Rhonda Palazzo in prayer; the black leaders taking the cross on a march to Jefferson Square Park; and the T-shirt message stating their pro-life stance. Pastor Elliott is a well-known civil rights leader and was a confidante to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He also marched with Rosa Parks. The event was covered by WHAS-TV, WAVE-TV and KRLA. The organizers’ press release follows.

Black leaders march for Bible-based solutions to advance black families through love, forgiveness and education— rather than Marxist tactics of fear, intimidation, violence and destruction.

Sat., Oct. 31, Black leaders will assemble at 10:30 AM at Greater Salem Baptist Church, 1009 West Chestnut in Louisville, Ky. for a press conference where Pastor Charles Elliott and black pastors throughout Kentucky will ENDORSE CANDIDATES for President, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives who stand for THE TRADITIONAL FAMILY and THE RIGHT FOR UNBORN BABIES TO LIVE.

Following endorsements, Pastor Derek Wilson of Louisville will announce the Black Families Matter Foundation to fund Christian Schools in Black churches and explain how the foundation differs from the Black Lives Matter Organization’s Marxist goals for America. At the conclusion of the press conference, the Black Men’s March will proceed to minister God’s love as the men walk to Jefferson Square Park declaring the Truth of God’s Word.


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Updated October 31, 2020

Consideration of Mississippi case rescheduled

The court had previously been scheduled to discuss on Friday a challenge to a Mississippi ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, but that petition has been rescheduled and will be discussed at some future conference. Read more.


Amy Coney Barrett sworn in
Amy Coney Barrett sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas, 10-26-20 - photo credit: whitehouse.gov

Only hours after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve ACB’s nomination, Mississippi’s Attorney General petitioned SCOTUS to review the state’s 15-week abortion ban. The AG, Lynn Fitch, had initially asked for this review last June.

This time she referenced the high court’s summer 2020 decision on June Medical Services v. Russo that favored abortion providers as it ruled that doctors need no admitting privileges with a hospital. Though it disappointed pro-lifers, the decision has since been cited in other appeals, quoting Justice Roberts’ opinion, and helping to uphold legislation such as Ky’s Transfer Agreement Law.

Roberts wrote that lawmakers have wide discretion “in areas where there is medical and scientific uncertainty” and that weighing the “costs and benefits of an abortion regulation” was not necessarily a job for the courts. The Circuit Judge for the Ky case, Joan Larsen, ruled that states must step in to regulate clinics where a need for safety is discovered.

So, Ky’s TA case helped to promote the need for clarification by SCOTUS on certain issues. For example: Which legal precedent should be applied to protection of the woman’s health?

Ky AG Daniel Cameron signed an Amicus Brief last summer in support of the Mississippi case, questioning: “Whether an abortion law is necessarily unconstitutional, regardless of the State’s interest or the actual burden on women, when it theoretically could prevent a small number of women from obtaining a previability abortion.” Viability is a Roe v. Wade stumper.

The Mississippi Free Press reported on Wed., Oct. 27 (2020):

Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban could soon make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, with the court set to decide whether to hear it on Friday. The court announced plans to consider hearing the case yesterday evening—just as the U.S. Senate voted on a party-line basis to confirm President Donald Trump’s third pick to the high court, Amy Coney Barrett.

Lower courts in 2018 and 2020 found the Mississippi law unconstitutional under the precedent Roe v. Wade set in 1973. In court filings, though, Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch is asking the nation’s high court to revisit and overturn one of Roe v. Wade’s key holdings: that “a State may not prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision to terminate her pregnancy before (fetal) viability.”

The lower courts ruled that the Mississippi law banning abortions at 15 weeks, known as “The Gestational Age Act,” was unconstitutional for that reason; medical science says fetuses generally become viable outside the womb at around 24 weeks.

“This Court should grant the petition, hold that it is illogical to impose a ‘rigid line’ allowing state regulation after viability but prohibiting it before viability” and “uphold the Gestational Age Act,” Attorney General Lynn Fitch wrote in a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court over the summer.

The current case, Fitch wrote in a Supreme Court filing, is “an ideal vehicle to promptly resolve” questions about Roe v. Wade and the Supreme Court’s position on abortion rights…

Read more.


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Updated October 28, 2020, and again on Nov. 27, 2020

UPDATE: ACLU files new briefs with Appeals Court

On behalf of PP and EMW, the ACLU requested to file a petition for a rehearing of the TA case EN BANC (by all judges of the 6th Circuit Court). A motion was granted on Oct. 22 to extend the time for the ACLU to file for the rehearing to Nov. 22 (2020). The new brief was filed on Nov. 20, with 13 attorneys from Calif., NY, Wash. DC and Ky. signed on to the case on behalf of the Ky clinics.


Updated October 19, 2020

News travels across the internet

This news is now broadly announced on many websites. LifeNews.com has a summary of the Ruling:

Because of the ruling, Planned Parenthood and EMW, the only two abortion facilities in the state, will have to either enter agreements with local hospitals, apply for waivers or close.

KRLA thanks Attorney General Daniel Cameron for his role in achieving this breakthrough.


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A GOOD surprise for pro-lifers was announced late yesterday (10-16-20): The Sixth Circuit Appeals Court upheld Kentucky’s Transfer Agreement Law! An excerpt from the Courier-Journal story follows.

A federal appeals panel has upheld a controversial Kentucky abortion law that opponents argued officials had used to try to close down the commonwealth's only abortion clinic and prevent another from opening.

In a 2-1 vote, the panel for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that Kentucky may require abortion clinics to obtain signed agreements with hospitals and ambulance services to transport and admit patients in an emergency.

In doing so, the panel struck down the 2018 decision by U.S. District Judge Greg Stivers that such rules were unnecessary and posed an undue burden on women seeking abortions. Stivers' ruling followed a legal challenge by EWM Women's Surgical Center and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.

The decision comes more than a year after the case was argued before the 6th Circuit panel in Cincinnati.

Read more. The Court opinion may be read here.

Despite Planned Parenthood not having a Transfer Agreement and the case being actively litigated, Gov. Beshear issued it a license to perform abortions earlier this year. Judge Stivers had permitted the EMW to remain open, since at the time it was Ky's only abortion clinic. Though both entities had tried to obtain a Transfer Agreement with a Louisville hospital, neither had been able to.

Stay tuned as we update this very significant and exciting news!


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UPDATE: October 9, 2020 | LifeNews.com

Supreme Court Denies President Trump’s Request to Stop Selling Dangerous Abortion Pills by Mail

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an emergency appeal Thursday to require the abortion industry to follow federal safety regulations when it sells abortion drugs to women.

The justices’ decision not to rule immediately on the Trump administration’s appeal means abortion facilities may continue to ignore Food and Drug Administration safety requirements for the abortion drug mifepristone, or Mifeprex.

Read more.


No pro-life litigation will come before the Supreme Court this quarter*, however, an unresolved issue could be settled soon. The issue is the abortion pill and how to prescribe it. Unbelievable though it may seem, the ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) is not opposed to women aborting themselves with pills that they order online, following online consultation, but no visit, exam, guidance or communication with a doctor in person. There are rational and serious objections to this. See here and here.

For this to be legalized, the FDA REMS (Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategy) that requires the abortion pill to be dispensed only in clinics, must be overturned by SCOTUS.

Nevertheless, in a new development, on Sept. 30 it was reported that the Honeybee Health online pharmacy is now “distributing abortion pills directly to patients within the country by mail, now legal [ed: really?] because of a recent federal court ruling… While (District Court Judge) Judge Chuang’s ruling only extends to patients seeking care during the COVID-19 health crisis plus 30 days, and the Trump administration is appealing the injunction to the U.S. Supreme Court, this window of opportunity is proving the viability of a new model of abortion health care.”

Why wait for SCOTUS? The Rule of Law continues to be ignored by those who believe they are a law unto themselves.

*Facts change quickly. See this article for possible abortion case for SCOTUS this quarter.


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By law the Vital Statistics Branch must publish Ky’s abortion statistics for the calendar year by September 30. The 2019 Report shows an increase of 460 abortions at the EMW clinic over 2018. This increase may reflect that the Abortion Pill Reporting Requirements Law was passed in 2019.

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Hospital abortions would be those to save the mother’s life, we assume.

The Report shows that women ages 20-24 have the most abortions with those 25-29 a close second place.

Black Lives Matter?

Of the 3,664 abortions in Ky in 2019, 1248 or 34% were for black women.

College-educated women led the way in numbers of abortions: 1,866 with 1-4 years, and those with 5+years had 243.

For a close count of abortions done at EMW in 2020, see the reports from the sidewalk counselors transcribed by KRLA on this website.


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The Ky House Districts are apportioned based on population. Our state representatives speak for an average of 43,394 residents. The number is the population of Ky (2010 US Census) divided by 100.

Let’s look at the districts of Ky’s most populous cities, Louisville and Lexington. Eleven in Jefferson County are dead races.

DistrictRegionRepublicanOpponentsComment
28Jefferson-part Charles Miller (D)NO CONTEST
29Jefferson-partKevin BratcherSuzanne Kugler (D)Kevin is the incumbent
30Jefferson-part Tom Burch (D)NO CONTEST
31Jefferson-part Josie Raymond (D)NO CONTEST
32Jefferson-partG. Hunt Rounsavall Jr.Tina Bojanowski (D)Tina is the incumbent
33Jefferson-partJason NemesMargaret Plattner (D)Jason is the incumbent
34Jefferson-part Mary Lou Marzian (D)NO CONTEST
35Jefferson-part Lisa Willner (D)NO CONTEST
36Jefferson-partJerry T. MillerJeff Grammer (D)Jerry is the incumbent
37Jefferson-partJimmy MaricleJeffery M. Donohue (D)Jeffrey is the incumbent
38Jefferson-part McKenzie Cantrell (D)NO CONTEST
40Jefferson-part Nima Kulkarni (D)NO CONTEST
41Jefferson-part Attica Scott (D)NO CONTEST
42Jefferson-part Reginald Meeks (D)NO CONTEST
43Jefferson-part Pamela Stevenson (D)NO CONTEST
44Jefferson-part Joni Jenkins (D)NO CONTEST
46Jefferson-partBob DeVoreAlan Gentry (D)Alan is the incumbent
48Jefferson-partKen FlemingMaria Sorolis (D)Maria is the incumbent

In Fayette Co., three of nine candidates are unopposed.

DistrictRegionRepublicanOpponentsComment
39Fayette-partMatt LockettCarolyn Dupont (D)Seat previously held by Russ Meyer (D)
45Fayette-partKilian TimoneyShirley Mitchell (D)Seat previously held by Stan Lee (R)
56Fayette-partDaniel FisterLamar Allen (D)Seat previously held by Joe Graviss (D)
62Fayette-partPhillip PrattDavid Mayo (D)Phillip is the incumbent
75Fayette-part Kelly Flood (D)NO CONTEST
76Fayette-part Ruth Palumbo (D)NO CONTEST
77Fayette-part George A. Brown, Jr. (D)NO CONTEST
79Fayette-partJon LarsonSusan Westrom (D)Susan is the incumbent
88Fayette-partAaron YatesCherlynn Stevenson (D)Cherlynn is the incumbent

So, let’s see who we can help. The KRLA Endorsed candidates are BOLDED. Those Recommended are BOLD and ITALIC. Please refer to the KRLA PAC Alert for notes on those not coded. We realize as well that some with pro-life views may not have submitted the KRLA survey for various reasons. It is very challenging to run a campaign with limited help and resources.

In the races, we find Kevin Bratcher, D-29, opposed by Suzanne Kugler, a democrat with goals for more fairness— though not for the pre-born. On her Twitter page she re-tweets Emerge Kentucky’s tweets. See more about Emerge-Ky here.

Jason Nemes, D-33, is facing Margaret Plattner, a former CEO of Planned Parenthood of Louisville and “global thinker” (from her resume) who supports United Nations’ initiatives such as the CEDAW, which KRLA and Louisville RTL actively opposed when the Louisville Metro Council proposed its endorsement.

Jerry T. Miller is running as an incumbent in D-36 which has a majority of Republicans. He serves on the Pro-life Caucus, a committee of the Ky General Assembly. His opponent is part of the coalition encompassing numerous causes relating to Democratic control of Ky and the US, which equates to aggressive abortion goals.

Jimmy Maricle is new to the candidate scene. He is running against Jeffrey Donohue (D) in D-37 which is heavily Democratic. It’s a bold move for Mr. Maricle— Let’s get out the vote for this soldier. Rep. Donohue vigorously opposed the passage of HB 67 last spring.

Bob Devore faces incumbent Alan Gentry in D-46. Find some of Bob’s goals here.

An interesting race is for D-48 which includes Prospect and other areas that were lost to a pro-abortion candidate in the Senate District 26 Special Election in June. The incumbent, Maria Sorolis, won by 326 votes against Ken Fleming in 2018. But Ken bested Maria by a sizeable margin in 2016. What happened? Maria is an Emerge-Ky candidate.

She was absent from the vote for SB9 (Born alive) last spring. In 2019 she voted AGAINST ALL FOUR PRO-LIFE BILLS which were passed into law by Gov. Bevin. Why not volunteer to walk your neighborhood for Ken, a tested and proven pro-lifer?!

In Fayette County, Lamar Allen (D) will face Dan Fister, a super pro-lifer. Other ENDORSED candidates are: Matt Lockett, Phillip Pratt and Aaron Yates.

By referring to the PAC ALERT Voter Guide, you will note that for the most part, the Democrat candidate does not respond to the PAC questionnaire. On the candidate website there may be reference to the abortion issue, but we rely on the questionnaire which is a thorough vetting of the candidate’s views.

Signing a survey that clarifies how a candidate will vote when the time comes, is what matters, along with other evidences. A person with some pro-life views may waffle at the critical moment, believing that the woman must have choices, and it is enough to simply reduce the number of abortions. This is NOT a pro-life perspective! Our endorsements state the case.

At this time, Ky’s largest cities are pro-abortion strongholds. With Gov. Beshear in office, it is likely that more abortion clinics will open.

Let’s do all we can to help elect pro-lifers. Walking your neighborhood is a great way to support a candidate. According to the Ky COVID19 website, it is mandatory to wear a face mask outdoors when you cannot maintain a physical distance of six feet from all individuals who are not members of your household (etc). The guidance says that a mask can be removed in some cases.

Don’t let COVID rules prevent your participation in actively supporting pro-life candidates! Let’s roll and let’s walk!

Last but not least! An ENDORSEMENT of Louisville Metro Council Member Marilyn Parker, D-18, is here. As noted above, a few slips may occur in coordinating the PAC ALERT Voter Guide despite our best efforts or due to a candidate’s lack of response though they may be pro-life.


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UPDATE Monday, Sept. 28, 2020

Meet Amy Coney Barrett


In the midst of COVID19, lockdowns, murders, natural disasters, violent protests, shuttered businesses, unemployment, demonstrations against Senator McConnell and AG Cameron for their roles in facilitating the rule of law— let’s be thankful that:

✓ President Trump plans to nominate a justice to replace RBG on Saturday, 9-26-20.

✓ Christians will hold prayer rallies across the nation on that day.

✓ The Republicans have the votes to confirm the nominee before the November Election.

There is every indication we will have a conservative Supreme Court in 2020. Hallelujah!


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Looking at the 100 Ky House races of 2020, in 35 districts the incumbent was not challenged. Most of the incumbents in Ky’s Nov. Election are Republicans, though Ky has more registered Democrats than Republicans.

With 1,670,789 registered voters in the most current count (8/2020), Democrats are in the cat seat in Kentucky. Republicans come in second with 1,533,095, and the Groups have 313,681. Groups include Libertarian, Independent etc.

A few examples in the western districts, with PAC endorsed candidate bolded: District 1 (Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton, Hickman, McCracken-part) has about 4600 more Democrats than Republicans, but incumbent Steven Rudy (R) had no challenger. District 2 (Graves, McCracken-part) has nearly 4900 more Dems, but incumbent Richard Heath (R) only faces a Libertarian candidate.

Incumbent Randy Bridges (R) in District 3 is running against Democrat Corbin Snardon. Incumbents usually win, but since this district has 6400 more Dems than Reps let’s not take it for granted. Randy lost to a Democrat in 2014.

Incumbent Lynn Bechler (R-D4) is in a 3-way race, outnumbered by Dems.

Mary Imes (R-D5), faces Davis-Roberts, an Emerge-Ky candidate. Recently Ky lost Senate District 26 to an Emerge-Ky candidate.

Chris Freeland (R-D6) is the incumbent but this district has more than 5,000 more Dems than Reps.

Incumbent Walker Thomas (R-D8) faces Pam Dossett— who is endorsed by Planned Parenthood ($$$).

An interesting race is in District 13. D. J. Johnson (R) faces the incumbent Democrat Jim Glenn Jr., who has a pro-abortion voting record. Glenn defeated Johnson in the 2018 race by one point!

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It is interesting to note the number of Republicans in Blue districts. Going back some decades, Democrats elected many conservatives. Heck, U.S. Congressman Larry McDonald (D-Ga, 1970s, ‘80s) served as chairman of the John Birch Society.

Looking at the years 1980 and 1990 in the American Conservative Union (ACU) many Democrats in Congress had as high ACU numbers as Republicans. Even in 2000 about 20 Democrats had mid-range ratings of 40 or above, but by 2010, only six did.

Now in 2020, we see Rep. John DeBerry, a pro-life Democrat Tennessee state representative, running as an independent after he was ousted from the Democratic Party last spring for his views on life and marriage.

Times have changed! Most Kentuckians are pro-life.

But with the changes in how people vote due to COVID, pro-lifers must work hard to get the vote out. EACH pro-life candidate from President Trump to the local council member NEEDS our support.


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Kentucky has 38 Senate Districts. To maintain a smoother governing process, elections are held for odd, then for even-numbered districts every two years. This year, of the odd-numbered districts, seven are uncontested:

  • District 1 - Jason Howell (R)
  • District 15 - Rick Girdler (R)
  • District 19 - Morgan McGarvey (D)
  • District 25 - Robert Stivers (R)
  • District 33 - Gerald Neal (D)
  • District 35 - Denise Harper Angel (D)
  • District 37 - David Yates (D)

Of the remaining 12 races,

  • 3 pro-life incumbents face Libertarian and Independent candidates
  • 5 pro-life incumbents face Democrat challengers
  • 3 new Republican candidates face Democrats and others, and
  • 1 Democrat faces an unaffiliated, write-in candidate

Of the active campaigners who are pro-life, it’s likely that those facing Democrats will need the most turnout to win their race. That said, we should not take any race for granted. The 28,433 votes for the Libertarian candidate sank Gov. Bevin’s boat. So, let’s make plain exactly what the Libertarian party stands for:

The right to life— “We support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others…”
On abortion— “Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.”

Here are the districts and the Republican incumbents facing a Libertarian:

DistrictCountiesPro-lifeLibertarianIndependent, Write-in
3Christian, Logan, ToddWhitney Westerfield (R)Amanda Billings 
5Breckinridge, Edmonson, Grayson, Hart, LaRue, MeadeStephen Meredith (R)Guy MillerJohn Whipple
27Bourbon, Fleming, Harrison, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Robertson, RowanStephen West (R)Bryan ShortGene Detherage

It is hard to imagine that the incomparable Westerfield, Meredith or West could lose to these contenders, but there are many ways a race can be snagged, so let’s get out the vote for these fine Senators!

In reading the websites of the Libertarian and Democrat opponents of the pro-life incumbents, a central theme is that the incumbent is out of touch with the district. He does not understand that his constituents are struggling to make ends meet and cannot afford health care and other basics. The incumbent is accused of hobnobbing with lobbyists while ignoring the promises to teachers and school districts, etc., and he is not even sensitive to COVID-19 rules. Promises are made to fix everything by the superior methods and philosophies of the contenders.

Disinformation is promoted. For example, stunted views on the pro-life candidate’s legislative work and perspectives are presented. For that reason, the name of each in the below table is linked to the page on the legislature website that lists their 2020 record of sponsored bills.

One opponent pictures himself with Allison Lundergan Grimes, which seems a bad idea but perhaps proves that, no matter what, many Democrats will never change their vote. Of the counties in these Districts, 10 have more registered Republicans and 5 have more Democrats, but some counts are very close. For the below Democrat candidates, we saw no pro-life sentiment expressed on their campaign sites.

Now for a look at the five pro-life incumbents who are facing Democrat opponents:

DistrictCountiesRepublicanDemocrat
9Allen, Barren, Green, Metcalfe, Monroe, SimpsonDavid GivensBrian Pedigo
11BooneJohn SchickelJames Fiorello
17Grant, Kenton (Part), ScottDamon ThayerJason Stroude
23Kenton (Part)Chris McDanielRyan Olexia
31Elliott, Lawrence, Martin, Morgan, PikePhillip WheelerGlenn Hammond

Mr. Wheeler won a special election in March 2019 flipping his District to Republican after 50 years. His race will be hard with 17K more Democrats than Republicans in these counties.

Finally, let’s look at the three new Republican candidates on the General Election ballots and their opposition:

DistrictCountiesRepublicanDemocratIndependent
7Anderson, Franklin, Gallatin, Owen, WoodfordAdrienne SouthworthJoe GravissKen Carroll
21Bath, Estill, Jackson, Laurel, Menifee, PowellBrandon StormWalter Trebolo 
29Floyd, Harlan, Knott, LetcherJohnnie L. TurnerJohnny R. Turner 

You will find out more about these candidates in the KRLA PAC Voter Guide. We can say that Republican Johnnie Turner easily won his Republican primary in Eastern Kentucky and has previously served in the Ky House of Representatives.

Storm was a KRLA PAC recommended candidate in the Primary. His opponent, Trebolo, states that he is “very pro-life”.

Joe Graviss currently serves in the Ky House D-56 (Fayette (Part), Franklin (Part), Woodford), having defeated his Republican opponent in 2018 by a sizable margin, and has been endorsed by retiring Senator Julian Carroll. He voted in favor of the Born Alive (SB 9) Bill but we do not know his full outlook on pro-life issues.


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Explaining the Republican loss of Senate District 26 boils down to a few questions:

  1. Why did Ernie Harris wait so late to announce he would retire from the Ky. Senate?
  2. Was it absolutely necessary to hold the Special Election as part of the 2020 Primary Election? Who made the decision and why?

Though other factors could be analyzed, those seem to be the main ones to explore.

Some background on the race

Sen. Harris was first elected in Nov. 1994 with strong support from Right to Life. Registered Democrats outnumbered registered Republicans 4-1 in the region which at that time included seven more counties. Senate District 26 now comprises Oldham Co, and 44 precincts in NE Jefferson Co.

The Republican candidate, Bill Ferko, a successful business owner and an exemplary conservative in his life’s activities over many years, is the very sort of person Republicans love to vote for. He worked hard and invested his own money to gain more exposure through media advertising. He received contributions from some PACs. We were so fortunate he stepped up to the plate!

The Democrat candidate, Dr. Karen Berg, had run a good race in 2018 against Ernie Harris. She was a graduate of EmergeKentucky, a left-leaning nonprofit that trains Democrat women to win political campaigns, so she had a network of volunteers on board. Contributions from Democrats such as Rep. Mary Lou Marzian show us that Berg is not likely to vote pro-life.

Some factors to consider

The COVID19 virus changed the election in many ways.

1. On March 16 SOS Adams announced that the date for the Primary would move from May 19 to June 23. The deadline to register to vote was moved up to May 26. With 354,563 registered Democrats in Jefferson Co. as of mid-July 2020 and 353,932 as of mid-May 2020, the Dems gained 631 voters for the Primary. The Republicans lost 311 voters since 199,986 were registered in mid-May and 199,675 in mid-July. It’s hard to say how this occurred. We have not taken the time to evaluate whether this affected the Ferko precincts but will assume some effect.

2. On May 14 the media reported that Jefferson Co. would have only one polling location, the Ky. Expo Center, that would be overseen by the National Guard. For a person in NE Jefferson Co., it could take a half hour or more to reach the Expo Center. Also, the prospect of military oversight may have provoked many to request an absentee ballot.

However, it was acknowledged by the SOS that the goal of the USPS was not to lose more than about 4% of the ballots, and in the end, about 5% of voters did not complete the ballot accurately, disqualifying their vote. Whether any of these were in D26 is unknown.

3. Insiders said that the McGrath-Booker hysteria brought in loads more Democrat voters, pushing up the numbers.

4. Perhaps Republicans generally did not realize that the Senate Special Election was to determine the candidate who would serve through 2022. There would be no chance to cast a vote for Ferko in November.

In Jefferson Co., for the 44 precincts in D26, Berg got 15,033 votes, and Ferko got 7,604. In Oldham Co., of 38 precincts, Ferko got 11,101 votes and Berg got 9,738.

In 2018, of 57,227 votes cast, Harris got 29,625, Berg got 26,524, a difference of 3,101. (The Independent got 1,078.) In the June 2020 Primary, the total votes were 43,534, with 58 cast for the Independent. That means 13,693 fewer people voted in 2020 than in the 2018 General Election for this race. Ferko got a total of 18,705 and Berg, a total of 24,771.

Yes, 6,066 votes is a significant difference, however, for a Primary, it was a good turnout. COVID19 affected the outcome, but was not the largest factor. Mr. Ferko could have gained far more support with more lead time.

Sen. Harris announced he would step down in early April. His announcement was reported in The Oldham Era newspaper online on Friday, April 10. He stated, “My career is about to end, it’s been a good career and it’s time to move on,” He felt he had achieved his goal to get funds for widening I-71, and wanted to spend time with his family. He said his decision to retire was already made back in 2018 when he ran for reelection. He said he knew that would be his last election and was actively considering retiring midway between his term.

But who else knew this?

The article noted that a special election to fill Harris’ seat would be held on June 23; the Republican and Democrat executive committees for Oldham and Jefferson counties would make the decision on who to put forward as candidates. We wonder, was it absolutely necessary to cram the race into the Primary?

Had the Primary taken place May 19 as originally scheduled, this would have left about a month for the candidates to campaign. Even TWO MONTHS was not enough for Mr. Ferko. Berg already had name recognition and an easy path forward.

Perhaps this article can encourage pro-life legislators to carefully consider their retirement decisions.


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UPDATE: 8-31-2020 | AG Cameron continues to actively pursue litigation. More

appeals-court-graphic-sm.pngIn late June we reported on the Supreme Court decision that ruled against Louisiana’s 2014 ‘Unsafe Abortion Protection Act’, the June v. Russo case.

Pro-lifers had hoped SCOTUS would require abortion clinic doctors to have admitting privileges with nearby hospitals. Instead, the Justices’ decision has caused a wave of motions by ACLU and/or abortion clinic attorneys across the country, asking courts to recognize the SCOTUS decision as pertinent to litigation or laws that are related.

To counter this aggressive effort, AG Cameron stepped forward to request that the Sixth Circuit grant his motion to defend Kentucky’s Transfer Agreement Law from Legal Challenge by ACLU, Planned Parenthood and the EMW. It was granted. This case was begun in the Bevin administration so it was necessary to update those involved.

The Appeals Court heard arguments in the case last August. We suspected it was waiting to hear what SCOTUS would say about the Louisiana case before issuing a ruling.

We remain hopeful to see our Transfer Agreement law upheld. As mentioned in previous posts, of the judges on the panel, two were appointed by President Trump. They seemed genuinely interested during the oral arguments, and even suggested good reasons for transfer agreements!

Also, of six states that require TAs with hospitals, two are in the jurisdiction of the Sixth Circuit Appeals Court. The six states are: Florida, NC, Penn., Wisconsin, Mich. and Ohio, with the last two being part of the Sixth Circuit along with Ky. and Tenn.

The ramifications of the June v. Russo case are many. The Guttmacher Institute, a policy arm of abortion supporters, provided a view to how it could affect the national “targeted regulation of abortion providers.”

It is strange that their chart that delineates which states have Transfer Agreements marks Kentucky’s Law as “permanently enjoined.” Of course, it is NOT. It awaits the decision of the Sixth Circuit Appeals Court.

Blog series on this website presenting various aspects of this topic include the Amici series and the License to Abort series. Use the Google search window at the top to search by words or phrases.



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12/15/2020 2:39:04 PM
The abortion pill for those who don't know whether they may be pregnant, and never want to know
12/1/2020 11:45:34 AM
Should undocumented people be included in the count relating to Congressional seats?
12/1/2020 10:33:24 AM
Want to know how the sausage was made?
10/31/2020 5:05:14 PM
Rhonda Palazzo joins Black pastors in west Louisville to praise their bold stand; accepts endorsement
10/28/2020 8:23:49 PM
The Amy Coney Barrett effect seen in swift SCOTUS agenda change; Ky Transfer Agreement Law victory helped!
10/20/2020 10:45:58 PM
Youth with a message and mission!
10/17/2020 2:12:41 PM
Sixth Circuit Appeals Court upholds Ky's Transfer Agreement Law
10/7/2020 12:56:44 PM
Will SCOTUS review any pro-life cases in Autumn 2020?
10/1/2020 10:19:41 AM
Read it and weep.
9/30/2020 8:07:51 PM
Ky metro areas are abortion strongholds. Please help to elect pro-life candidates. Walk your neighborhood!
9/23/2020 10:05:56 AM
The end has come?
9/23/2020 9:51:35 AM
Kentucky Is a Red State with More Democrats than Republicans
9/7/2020 6:46:06 PM
Attention pro-lifers! Let's get out the vote for pro-life state senators, some who face uphill battles.
9/1/2020 8:23:37 PM
Why did the district flip from Republican to Democrat after 25 years?
8/13/2020 8:58:33 PM
Despite the recent SCOTUS ruling on admitting privileges, the Kentucky Transfer Agreement appeal may turn out well.

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