By Dave Andrusko
As expected pro-abortion Gov. Andy Beshear vetoed HB, 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.
Beshear’s veto (one of five), while expected–he vetoed an identical measure last year–drew sharp rebukes.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron tweeted
Extremely disappointed to see Gov. Beshear once again veto a bill that gives our office authority to hold abortion providers accountable to the law. Whether abortion providers follow the law isn’t political, and it shouldn’t be up for debate. …
Abortion providers should be required to live up to the statutes adopted by our General Assembly.
Republican House Speaker David Osborne also criticized Beshear for his veto.
“Let it not be forgotten that one of the bills vetoed today is HB 2, legislation that grants the state’s top law enforcement officer the authority to enforce the state’s laws and regulations where it concerns abortion providers. This is the second veto of this language by a governor who consistently claims he is trying to save lives.”
In 2020, there was not sufficient time to attempt to override the governor’s veto. “They’ll have ample time to consider overriding this year’s measure,” the Associated Press reported.