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GOP lawmaker wants state constitution to say Kentuckians have no right to an abortion

Alex Acquisto, Lexington Herald-Leader on

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In last year's regular session, Fischer was lead sponsor on one of the four bills restricting abortion access that were passed into law. Two were suspended indefinitely by a U.S. District Court judge early last year while lawsuits disputing their constitutionality wind through the court system. House Bill 5 would block abortion based on race, gender or disability of a fetus, and Senate Bill 9 would make an abortion illegal once a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually around eight weeks.

In 2018, Bevin signed into law a measure that would've banned an abortion procedure after 11 weeks, known as a dilation and evacuation. It was challenged in court by the ACLU and blocked from enforcement by a federal judge. Bevin later appealed the judge's decision.

On Tuesday, Elizabeth Kuhn, spokesperson for Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron, said Cameron is committed to defending the laws passed by the General Assembly, including the anti-abortion laws currently facing legal challenges.

Cameron, she said, is "working with his legal team to start the process of defending (the dilation and evacuation bill) and will take similar steps in other pro-life cases."

The other two laws from last session remain in place: HB 148 (Fischer's) completely bans the procedure in the commonwealth if the 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion is overturned, and SB 50 allows doctors to provide the option of abortion reversal pills once an abortion has been induced.

Medical providers have disputed the safety and efficacy of abortion reversal drugs. In early December, University of California, Davis researchers prematurely ended a medical trial testing whether progesterone could effectively halt a medication-based abortion after three of the first dozen female patients had to be hospitalized for severe vaginal bleeding.

 

(Jack Brammer and Daniel Desrochers contributed to this report.)

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