Kentucky General Assembly overrides Gov. Beshear veto of pro-life legislation

Means two new pro-life measures have already passed

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-life Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron

The overwhelmingly pro-life Kentucky legislature made short work Tuesday of a veto by pro-abortion Gov. Andy Beshear.

A little over a week ago, Beshear vetoed House Bill 2, which gives Attorney General Daniel Cameron “the power to seek civil and criminal penalties for any violation of Kentucky’s abortion laws,” The Associated Press reported. 

A fuller explanation came from Kentucky Right to Life which explained that HB2 “adds additional health and safety assurances and protection for women seeking to terminate their pregnancy by allowing the Attorney General oversight and to act unencumbered to investigate abortion facilities and take action if violations of the law have occurred.”

AG Cameron tweeted, “Glad to see the General Assembly override the Governor’s veto of HB 2 today, allowing our office to ensure that abortion clinics follow the law.”

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

As NRL News Today reported, facing the certainty that this veto would be overridden,  Gov. Beshear allowed the bill 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.

In addition, a pro-life bill (HB 91) is being proposed in the current Legislative Session as a way to be sure abortion does not become law in Kentucky, if and when Roe is overturned. 

A summary of the bill reads, Propose to create a new section of the Constitution of Kentucky to state that Kentucky’s Constitution does not secure or protect a right to abortion or funding of abortion.