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UPDATE | July 15, 2019: On the same day that Gov. Bevin announced that his legal team filed a brief to oppose the lower court decision to overturn Kentucky’s D&E Abortion ban, an Oklahoma Judge upheld the law passed by Oklahoma’s legislature to ban D&E. The opposition has promised to fight forward. Whatever becomes of Kentucky’s appeal, a showdown at the Supreme Court looms.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 12, 2019) 

Gov. Matt Bevin’s legal team on Wednesday evening filed their opening brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in defense of House Bill 454 (HB 454), which bans the brutal and grotesque practice of live dismemberment abortions.

HB 454 was passed by the 2018 Kentucky General Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support from legislators and signed into law by Gov. Bevin on April 10. The ACLU and a Louisville abortion clinic quickly challenged the law, and a U.S. District judge in May ruled in their favor.

The Bevin Administration, represented by attorneys from the Governor's Office and from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, argues that without HB 454, unborn children will continue to be torn limb from limb while still alive — a practice infinitely more barbaric than that reserved for “those who receive the death penalty and...even animals destined for death.” They further assert that the new law is in the best interest of the state because it protects the dignity of the unborn and ensures that the ethics of the medical profession in Kentucky reflect the values of the Commonwealth.

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In Kentucky, most new laws take effect 90 days after the adjournment of the legislative session. Thursday, June 27, was the big day for 2019.

Of four new pro-life statutes, the Heartbeat and Anti-Eugenics laws were immediately blocked by ACLU legal challenges. HB 148 requiring that abortion end if and when Roe v. Wade is overturned, cannot yet be implemented.

Only one law was enacted on June 27, SB 50, and it got royal treatment in the C-J— The top headline across the cover page in the print version shouted: Abortion ‘reversal’ law is in effect.

This law requires a report of dispensing a prescription for Abortion Pills to the Vital Statistics branch within 15 days after the end of the month and an annual report with comparative data for other years. There are penalties for any provider failing to report or for submitting an incomplete report. Read more on page 2 of this pdf.

Additionally, the new section to our statutes requires abortion providers to tell patients that the process begun by the abortion pill may be reversed with a different medication.

The C-J stated that abortion providers already are required to report all abortions to the state Vital Statistics Branch. However, by specifying disclosure of prescriptions, there can be no doubt how many abortion were performed by surgery in an institution and how many were done at home by chemicals. (The abortion pill is approved by the FDAfor use to terminate a pregnancy during the first 10 weeks after the last menstrual period.)

Perhaps we will discover that many more abortions occur in Kentucky than have been reported. Is the figure actually around 3,000/year or really much higher?

The C-J stated that the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) claim was disputed by the medical establishment. It quoted Dr. Nicole Nolan, an OB/Gyn at UofL Medical Center who testified against SB 50, and quoted spokespeople for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood who bragged that medical associations agree with them that APR is not supported by science.

How sad that many medical associations including the AMA line up with abortion providers.

The C-J did not quote any pro-life physicians who have successfully administered the Abortion Reversal Pills, nor any spokesperson for the American Association of Prolife OB/GYNS (AAPLOG). Nor were the views of KRLA or Kentucky Doctors for Life solicited.

Had their article been unbiased, it would have referenced a case series on the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health website that details 754 patients who attempted to reverse the medical abortion process, which demonstrated:

Intramuscular progesterone and high dose oral progesterone were the most effective with reversal rates of 64% (P < 0.001) and 68% (P < 0.001), respectively. There was no apparent increased risk of birth defects. Conclusions: The reversal of the effects of mifepristone using progesterone is safe and effective.

A “bonafide” clinical trial, very scientific, is in the works. Read here. This study will take 40 women who want a surgical abortion, give them the initial abortion pill and then either a placebo or progesterone; then check after two weeks which fetuses are still alive, after which they will have a surgical abortion. The PLACEBO COMPARISON is required by our medical establishment for their seal of approval on a clinical trial.

Is that really as convincing as the case series of 754 that showed which medication saved the most lives?


Abortion complications to be reported shall include only the following physical or psychological conditions arising from the induction or performance of an abortion:

  • (a) Uterine laceration;
  • (b) Cervical laceration;
  • (c) Infection;
  • (d) Heavy bleeding that causes symptoms of hypovolemia or the need for a blood transfusion;
  • (e) Pulmonary embolism;
  • (f) Deep vein thrombosis;
  • (g) Failure to terminate the pregnancy;
  • (h) Incomplete abortion or retained tissue;
  • (i) Pelvic inflammatory disease;
  • (j) Missed ectopic pregnancy;
  • (k) Cardiac arrest;
  • (l) Respiratory arrest;
  • (m) Renal failure;
  • (n) Shock;
  • (o) Amniotic fluid embolism;
  • (p) Coma;
  • (q) Placenta Previa in subsequent pregnancies;
  • (r) Pre-term delivery in subsequent pregnancies;
  • (s) Free fluid in the abdomen;
  • (t) Hemolytic reaction due to the administration of ABO-incompatible blood or 14 blood products;
  • (u) Hypoglycemia occurring while the patient is being treated at the abortion 16 facility;
  • (v) Allergic reaction to anesthesia or abortion-inducing drugs;
  • (w) Psychological complications including depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, and sleeping disorders;
  • (x) Death; and
  • (y) Any other adverse event as defined by criteria provided in the Food and Drug Administration Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.

If any female considering a “safe, legal” abortion sees this list of potential complications, it may serve to dissuade her.

Kentucky law has many good restrictions on abortion for the emotional and physical health of the mother. These are restated in SB 50 (see pdf), to note where current law needs to reflect a change. Unfortunately providers can get around these in various ways. Nevertheless, Kentucky pro-lifers are making progress. Hats off to Sen. Robby Mills (R), Henderson, who sponsored the bill.

For any women who desire more information and immediate help, see the Abortion Pill Reversal website.

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The Supreme Court declined to hear an Alabama Dismemberment Abortion case on Friday, June 28. This case had been strengthened by an Amicus brief presented on behalf of 21 states through our Governor Bevin.

The Kentucky Legislature passed a law in 2018 to ban Dismemberment Abortion which was challenged in court by the EMW/ACLU, and they won. Background on this case is here.

Gov. Bevin has appealed to the Sixth Circuit to reverse the decision to strike the law, and has vowed to appeal to SCOTUS should the current appeal be denied.

In regard to the Alabama case, Justice Clarence Thomas commented that “…justices should not keep refusing to hear abortion cases…”

The below NRLC graphic shows that two states, Mississippi and West Virginia, currently support Dismemberment Abortion bans. This demonstrates that legislatures and judges do rule favorably on this issue, but not in all states where legislation is passed.


In Kentucky we have a pro-life legislature but are frequently disappointed by the court system.

Let’s pray for a favorable outcome on the current Appeal, which we may very well see, based on the successful Ultrasound Law Appeal and the refusal of the Sixth Circuit to re-hear that case. (See previous post.)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. | Friday, June 28, 2019

In a major pro-life victory for Gov. Matt Bevin and the people of the Commonwealth, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit today denied EMW Women's Surgical Center's petition for rehearing of the House Bill 2 ultrasound case.

In April, the Sixth Circuit upheld the constitutionality of HB 2 (2017), which requires an abortion provider to provide mothers with an ultrasound and a description of what it depicts, as well as the opportunity to hear the fetal heartbeat, before she chooses to terminate her pregnancy.

Earlier this month, the Louisville abortion clinic asked the Court to rehear the case en banc (before the entire bench) in a desperate attempt to undermine the Kentucky law, which passed with the support of more than 87 percent of state legislators.

Read more.

The Courier-Journal quoted the ACLU attorney from NY who called the law ‘medically unnecessary’ and not supported by medical groups including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association. Read more.

In the linked video, Gov. Bevin discusses the victory!

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Planned Parenthood may soon be permitted to do abortions in its downtown Louisville facility on 7th Street.

Judge Greg Stivers wants to know ASAP if the state finds grounds to deny the license.

“You better move this one up to the front of the line," Stivers told Chad Meredith, a lawyer for Bevin.

"Yes, sir. I understand," Meredith said, according to a transcript of the telephonic conference the Courier Journal obtained.

"It can be done," Stivers said. "There's no question it can be done."

Added Stivers: "I can't understand why the secretary of that cabinet could not, could not get this license, this updated license, processed within 45 days."

Meredith responded that the cabinet "will absolutely move heaven and earth" to get the license application processed within that time.

That does not guarantee a favorable decision from the state.

Read more.

We believe that Deputy General Counsel Meredith is being polite, but Planned Parenthood's clinic in Louisville was denied a license because it did not have any Transfer Agreements, as required by Kentucky law. For background, see here. The TA Appeal before the Sixth Circuit will be heard on August 8. Before that time, it is unlikely that PP's license status will change. Please pray that the Appeal will be favorable for babies.


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