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A second, vibrant discussion on abortion was televised on March 22. Last November 8 KET’s Kentucky Tonight program featured an excellent discussion as well. More background on the Bill under discussion is here.

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International norms: MOST European nations do not allow elective abortion (8) or limit it to 15 weeks or earlier (39). In contrast, 0 of 50 U.S. states limit abortion to 15 weeks or earlier. In fact, the USA is among a ‘Group of 7’ nations which do allow late-term abortions. This G7 includes: Canada, China, the Netherlands, North Korea, Singapore, Vietnam and the United States.

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UPDATED 4-9-22 | 8:30 a.m.

Gov. Beshear vetoes HB3

The VETO Days of the 2022 Regular Session began March 31. Gov. Beshear vetoed HB3 on Friday, April 8. The Courier-Journal reported, "Beshear, in vetoing HB 3, listed what he said are multiple flaws, leading with the fact the bill makes no exemption for those who become pregnant by rape or incest, while at the same time making it harder for girls under 18 to end a pregnancy without notification to both parents." Stay tuned.


UPDATED 3-30-22 | 7:30 a.m.

HB3 heads for Governor's desk!

The Senate passed the Humanity in Healthcare Act on March 29, 29-0, and around 9:30 p.m. last night, the House gave final approval with a vote of 74-19. WATCH FOR MORE NEWS!


UPDATED 3-23-22 | 11:45 a.m.

HB3 passes 8-2 in Senate Health and Welfare Committee

More good news— the Humanity in Healthcare Act now goes to the Senate Floor!


by Addia Wuchner, Executive Director, KRTL

HB3 passes 8-2 in Senate Health and Welfare Committee

Good news for ProLife Kentuckians — House Bill 3, the Humanity In Healthcare Act 2022, has passed the Kentucky House! Now on to the Senate.

On behalf of Kentucky Right to Life and our Chapters across the Commonwealth, our sincere thanks to Rep. Nancy Tate, District 27, for her skill in sponsoring this bill, and to the members of the House ProLife Caucus for their support and votes, and to David Osborne, House Speaker pro tempore, for making the right to life and HB3 a Session priority.

Thank you to all our Yes-for-Life-Kentucky and KRTL members and friends for their presence and support at our March first Rally.

At the Rally, Ky Secretary of State Michael Adams announced that our ProLife Constitutional Amendment is officially slated to be on the General Election ballot as measure #2, on Tuesday, November 8!

Thank you to all the ProLife champions who spoke at our rally, our State Officers and Legislators, and to each of you who helped to make our Kentucky Right to Life/Yes-for-Life Rally Day spectacular! See the video and slideshow.

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by Dave Andrusko, NRLC Communications

By a vote of 8-2, Kentucky’s Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday passed a measure that would lower the maximum age an abortion can be performed from 20 weeks down to 15 weeks.

Amidst criticism that the bill, SB 321, is not necessary, sponsor Sen. Max Wise said passage is important “because it mirrors a Mississippi law that is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court in a challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision establishing abortion as a constitutional right,” reported Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier Journal.  Sen. Wise said, “If the Supreme Court upholds Mississippi’s law, we would have a law in place.”

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Addia Wuchner, executive director of KRTL, testified as a Ky RN, clarifying when a fetus can be seen on ultrasound to recoil from the a painful stimulus. She noted in the Senate hearing that the bill is “another step as we move forward in protecting those who do not have a voice for themselves, Kentucky’s unborn children.”

Watch the full hearing on KET.org. Passionate pleas from abortion supporters were delivered, but the bill was ‘reported favorably’.

Top: Tamara Weider, Ky state director for Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates; Sen. Karen Berg, D-26, one of two ‘no’ votes. Bottom: Addia, Sen. Max Wise, D-16.


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by Addia Wuchner, RN, KRTL Executive Director

A week ago today was the 49th Anniversary of the travesty of the Roe v. Wade Court decision. On Friday, January 21st, I participated with hundreds of thousands at the 49th March for Life— under the theme, Equality Begins in the Womb!

Often I am asked why we march. We do not march as a protest, but as a MOVEMENT— thousands as one voice for those who can not speak for themselves.

Thousands upon thousands gathered, marched and prayed at our nation’s capital and in cities and towns around our county. They gathered in churches, many hearts united in one voice to bear witness to the sanctity of life from conception to natural death, affirming: “ALL LIFE IS SACRED!”

The past

Forty-nine years ago, nine men stripped every state legislature of their authority to make the laws in their states that protect their most vulnerable citizens. Nine men, NINE MEN, unraveled the laws prohibiting abortion that were already on the books. On January 22, 1973, the decision of those nine justices not only undermined the laws enacted in over 34 States that protected life, but changed the course of history setting off a deep divide and deforming our nation.

Mother Teresa stated in a message to the Supreme Court in 1994,

The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships…

It was a sad infidelity to America's highest ideals when this Court said that it did not matter, or could not be determined, when the inalienable right to life began for a child in its mother's womb… ref

Momentum is building!

At the March, Life themes, songs and chants filled the air… WE ARE THE PROLIFE GENERATION! Changing Hearts- Changing Minds- Saving Lives! Love Them Both! ProLife, ProWoman, ProScience! Every Life Matters! Value Woman, Value Life! Love Every Heart Beat!

And the psalmist confirms, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

In God’s eyes all human life is sacred. Modern ultrasound imaging has enabled us to have a glimpse of the humanity of the unborn child, and auscultation allows us to hear the child’s beating heart.

A special thank you and shout out to Knights of Columbus for their incredible partnerships and commitment to assist in providing ultrasound machines to so many centers across the country.

A huge prayer of gratitude, lifting up the hundreds of pregnancy care and women’s services across America providing compassionate options for women and men.

A culture and society that devours itself is not sustainable. In ignoring the essence of life, created in the image of God, over time society will be ignorant of itself, and lose the reality of who we are as persons. We become removed from our own sacredness, numbed and the sense of awe and wonder is lost to us.

Yet, as J.R.R. Tolkien said, “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”

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At past Marches and this year, I witnessed the HOPE of humanity, HOPE for our future! I was surrounded by a great ocean of the YOUTHFUL future— young faces, hearts filled will zeal, and shouting, “We are the pro-life generation!”

They will not be silenced; they will not endure another five decades of millions of children lost, mothers and fathers wounded by the great lies of the past 50 years!

On December 1st, as we gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court with Mississippi’s Attorney General as the Dobbs v. Jackson arguments were heard, these youths were there in force and numbers.

In October 2021, they were on the steps of the Supreme Court even before our Kentucky delegation arrived, as Attorney General Cameron and his team sought to establish their right to defend Kentucky’s law banning life dismemberment abortions.

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Who are they—this PRO-LIFE GENERATION, Students for Life? They are the future. They are 25% of the population and 100% of the future. They are HOPE. They are Joy! They are equipped and mobilized. They are the Davids against the Goliaths of Planned Parenthood, ACLU, and their giant outpouring of millions of anti-life dollars.

They are our sons and daughters, our nieces and nephews, and our grandchildren. They want justice and compassion. They will no longer tolerate the philosophies and ideologies that have pressured women with lies and led them to sacrifice their unborn children. They will not tolerate government policies that promote the dehumanization of human life.

We gave birth to this pro-life generation. And they are the answers to our prayers.

They joined us in our cries for justice for unborn children and their mothers. And, when Roe is overturned, they will be there with hope, compassion and outstretched arms for the moms and their babies. Can I get an AMEN!


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Presentations by Rep. Nancy Tate and KRTL's Addia Wuchner were made before the Ky Interim Joint Committee on Health, Welfare & Family Services Hearing on Dec. 15. ObGyn Dr. Ingrid Skop joined the presentation virtually. Those opposed to the Bill also had opportunity to speak. Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and UofL were represented at the hearing. Learn more.


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Addia and State Representative Nancy Tate, a member of the KRTL board of directors. Nancy is the co-chair of the Kentucky House Pro-life Caucus.


It has been amazing and inspiring day. Nancy and I were honored to represent KRTL, the KRTL Chapters and prolife Kentuckians, and stand in solidarity with Attorney General Lynn Fitch as she carried the will of her state's citizens to the U.S. Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson earlier today. Prayers continue for the Justices as they review, consider and deliberate the critical right to life of the human child. For almost 50 years the issue of the life of a child, a baby forming in their mother's womb has been treated like a political football. America, 50 years - enough is enough! Every life is a Gift! - Addia Wuchner

MANY photos and MORE information are on the KRTL Facebook page.

Read the entire transcript here and listen to the argument here.


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Left- Mississippi AG Lynn Fitch addresses the Rally; right- Addia with a group from Concerned Women for America.


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From all of us at KYRTL, Thank You to the amazing groups and individuals who reached out in support of the Dobbs case with Amicus Briefs! Enjoy searching, sorting and reading a synopsis of the 85 briefs here on this website. We’re dedicated! Celebrate the American Pro-life Experience. - Addia Wuchner

Stay tuned for boots-on-the-ground coverage of the case at the Supreme Court this week. #PrayingForDobbs #EmpowerWomenPromoteLife

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UPDATE: November 9, 2021

Pro-life leaders’ message balms the air waves!

As KRTL director, I would like to personally thank Renee Shaw with Kentucky Educational Television, for her media boldness and talent— hosting an all-women panel discussion where passions and politics met. Abortion, ProLife, ProWoman, healthcare; science vs. personal views on when life begins; exploring the risky business of chemical abortion pills and the need for Kentucky to apply safety measures in response to importation of these pills from China- amidst the FDA’s decreasing regulations; the delicate matter of how we treat and care for the remains of the human child in a dignified process vs. being disposed of as medical or pathological waste; and medical conscience legislation. Look for more discussions on the Humanity in Healthcare Act 2022! - Addia Wuchner


ORIGINAL POST:

KET host Renee Shaw has invited Addia Wuchner, R.N., Executive Director-KRTL, State Representative Nancy Tate (D-27), and Katie Glenn, Esq., Government Affairs Counsel for Americans United for Life, to share their ProLife–Pro Woman position on Kentucky Tonight. The discussion will include abortion, the Humanity In Healthcare Act 2022, Yes for Life, the 2022 General Assembly, and more. Please join us to watch this special program!

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From left: Katie Glenn, Addia Wuchner, Nancy Tate, Renee Shaw

Scheduled guests include Tamarri Wieder, Ky State Director of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky; State Representative Attica Scott, a Democrat from Louisville (D-41); and Heather Gatnarek, staff attorney for the ACLU of Kentucky.


The show aired live on Monday, November 8 at 8:00pm EST and 7:00pm CST on KET.


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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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The 2021 Ky Interim Joint Committee on Health, Welfare & Family Services learned more about the Bill on December 15.
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Seemed like all the people at the SCOTUS Rally on December first were pro-life!
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On December first, SCOTUS will hear oral argument in Dobbs v. Jackson, a case that may overturn Roe v. Wade.
11/8/2021 1:12:23 PM
A special program featuring pro-life leaders and their contenders aired on KET’s Kentucky Tonight on Nov. 8.
10/5/2021 4:50:02 PM
A very troubling report
9/20/2021 7:28:56 PM
Young and old, family and friends walked for life in three locales across Ky the weekend of September 18.
9/8/2021 2:09:46 PM
An open-ended decision
8/20/2021 6:08:04 PM
Let's make November 8, 2022 an election to celebrate!
7/27/2021 4:49:21 PM
We will not know the verdict till 2022.
7/23/2021 6:31:02 PM
Disappointed in you, Mount St. Joseph - Catholic University, hosting pro-abortion President Joe Biden
7/11/2021 10:41:26 AM
“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…
7/2/2021 7:38:36 PM
Awaiting an outcome at the Ky Supreme Court

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