Editor’s note. This comes courtesy of Kentucky Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate.
Kentucky Secretary of State Michael G. Adams, legislators and pro-life alliance members met on April 7th at the Capitol. The passage of HB 91 during the 2021 Regular Session was a major accomplishment for Kentucky’s pro-life future— time for a moment of celebration!
The pro-life alliance partners are (alpha order): Catholic Conference of Kentucky, Commonwealth Policy Center, the Kentucky Baptist Convention, Kentucky’s Family Foundation, Kentucky Right to Life and Sisters for Life.
We now turn to address the challenge of spreading the word to all Kentucky citizens. There is work ahead to explain and promote the importance of including HB 91 in the Kentucky Constitution.
As NRL News Today has reported, in November 2022, voters in the Bluegrass state will now 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.
The “Yes for Life” amendment passed by huge majorities in both the state House and Senate.