Kentucky House passage is first step toward placing amendment on the ballot to specify state constitution does not contain a right to abortion

By Dave Andrusko

Kentucky became the latest state to begin the process to pass a constitutional amendment to specifically say there is no right to abortion in the state constitution nor a requirement that abortions be funded. Such measures are imperative when state Supreme Courts already have, or appear posed to, discover a hitherto unknown right to abortion in the state constitution.

“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,” the amendment proposed in House Bill 67 states. 

It is a difficult process, but last Tuesday  the Kentucky House voted 67-21 in support of HB 67. The proposed constitutional amendment has moved  to the Senate where a three-fifths approval is required. If that happens, “the proposed constitutional amendment would be approved or rejected by voters in a state referendum this fall,” according to Joe Sonka of the Louisville Courier-Journal.

“The chamber also passed House Bill 451 by a 70-23 vote on Tuesday, which would expand the power of Kentucky’s attorney general to regulate abortion facilities, including bringing civil or criminal penalties for violations,” Sonka added. Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron is very pro-life.

According to the Courier-Journal story 

Current state law limits the attorney general’s power to take enforcement action against abortion clinics without authorization from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which licenses and inspects such facilities. Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear is a supporter of a woman’s right to an abortion.

Predictably pro-abortion Democrats criticized HB 451 

saying it is a way to appoint the attorney general as a “special `prosecutor” against a clinic.

Rep. Stan Lee, R-Lexington, the main sponsor of HB 451, countered that a special prosecutor was needed to protect the “unborn babies that are killed.”