On Roe’s 48th anniversary, bill to protect abortion survivors becomes law in Kentucky

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion Kentucky
Gov. Andy Beshear

Facing the certainty that this veto would be overridden, pro-abortion Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear allowed a bill requiring equal medical treatment for babies who survive abortions to become law.  “I’m disappointed he didn’t sign it [SB 9], but I’m grateful he didn’t veto it,” said the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Whitney Westerfield. “I’ll take what I can get.”

The bill became law on the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

“SB 9 supports the ‘human rights’ of any child born alive during an abortion procedure to receive appropriate and ethically responsible medical attention,” Kentucky Right to Life explained. “Additionally, SB9 legally formalizes that any born-alive infant shall be treated as a legal person in Kentucky statutes.”

Kentucky state
Sen. Whitney Westerfield

Under Kentucky law, a bill become law if a governor doesn’t sign or veto it within ten days of passage by the legislature.

Meanwhile, as NRL News reported, last week Beshear vetoed HB 2, a bill that adds additional health and safety assurances and protection for women” by “allowing the Attorney General oversight and to act unencumbered to investigate abortion facilities and take action if violations of the law have occurred,” according to Kentucky Right to Life. The measure passed with strong support in both houses.

HB2 would give pro-life Attorney General Daniel Cameron “the authority to independently regulate and enforce violations on the state’s two abortion clinics, both in Louisville,” according to Joe Sonka, of the Louisville Courier Journal. “Cameron could independently seek civil or criminal penalties against abortion facilities in response to violations of state laws and regulations relating to licensing, procedures and transfer agreements with a hospital and ambulance service.”

Referring to SB9, Daniel Desrocher, also of the Louisville Courier Journal, explained that “Beshear vetoed similar legislation last year, when the bill was combined with another anti-abortion rights bill that transferred the power of enforcing abortion laws from the governor to the attorney general. …This session, the two bills were passed in separate legislation. Beshear vetoed House Bill 2, the bill that would transfer his office’s powers to the attorney general.”