Pro-life amendment to Kentucky Constitution will be on the ballot

By Dave Andrusko

Kentucky Right to Life put it perfectly  last night”

THANK YOU—THANK YOU—THANK YOU!!!

THANK YOU proactive pro-lifers! HB 91 passed the Senate around 6:30 PM.

Thanks to the patient, diligent work of pro-lifers, in November 2022, voters in the Bluegrass state will vote on a proposed amendment to the state constitution which reads  “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 beauty of the approach is that it avoids pro-abortion Gov. Andrew Beshear who has no authority to veto proposed constitutional amendments.  Earlier, Kentucky Right to Life explained

In numerous states, abortion advocates have sued to overturn pro-life laws, and their respective Supreme Courts have “found” a right to abortion in their state constitution. This technique is how Roe v. Wade became our nation’s case law.

A number of states have passed constitutional amendments to protect their pro-life laws from such court decisions. Rep. Joe Fischer testified during a Senate committee hearing that HB 91 assures, “No Kentucky court will be able to fashion an implicit right to abortion from the language in our state constitution: there will be no Roe v. Wade decision in Kentucky. The regulation or elimination of abortion will be vested in the Kentucky General Assembly, not in the courts.” HB 91 ensures that it is the lawmakers of Kentucky who make the laws, not rogue judges.

Previously, on February 25, House Bill 91, the “Yes for Life” amendment, passed on a staggering  76-20 vote, a margin even larger than last year.

Kentucky pro-lifers have been very busy and very productive this session. There is the “Born Alive” bill, Senate Bill 9. Said the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Crofton

“Whether it’s an abortion that didn’t work, or a premature birth, or whatever the circumstance might be, if a child is born alive, it must be given medical care consistent with whatever its needs are. … “This doesn’t change the standard of care, it doesn’t establish what that care must be, because medical professionals need to make that decision where they are at that moment, under the circumstances.” 

Knowing the votes were there to override his veto, Gov. Beshear allowed SB 9 to become law without his signature.   

Gov. Beshear vetoed House Bill 2,  but was easily overridden. HB2 gives Attorney General Daniel Cameron “the power to seek civil and criminal penalties for any violation of Kentucky’s abortion laws,” as 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.”

And because HB 2 “contained an emergency clause, it took effect immediately following the override votes,” Kentucky Today’s Tom Latek reported.

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