By Dave Andrusko
Music to my ears: ”Frustration is building among abortion rights groups in Kentucky, where a restrictive new law has thrown the state’s only two remaining clinics into limbo.”
“Advocates say the situation foreshadows what could happen in Republican-leaning states across the country if the U.S. Supreme Court ends up overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that established a right to abortion nationwide,” the Associated Press’s Bruce Schreiner reported.
But that doesn’t stop them from trying to waylay Kentucky’s latest pro-life law: HB3. They went to U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings last week, seeking a temporary restraining order. Attorney general Cameron responded this week. asking a federal judge not to grant a TRO.
What does HB 3 do? “Effective immediately, the new law bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, replacing the state’s previous 20-week limit — a restriction that four other states also have passed,” Schreiner wrote. “It also places strict new conditions on medication abortions, requiring women to be examined by a doctor before receiving abortion pills. And it contains new reporting requirements for providers. Noncompliance can result in stiff fines and felony penalties.”
HB3 went into effect last week after the Kentucky legislature easily overrode Democratic Governor Andy Beshear’s veto.
Abortion advocates’ short term complaint is that HB3 “means a de facto ban on abortion in Kentucky, since they can’t immediately comply with new requirements.” Attorney General Daniel Cameron responded, “HB3 does not require Planned Parenthood to comply with forms and regulations that do not exist yet,” Aprile Rickert reported. “Cameron added there are some parts they should be able to comply with now.” In addition, Cameron said “the organization has not met its burden of proving the bill unconstitutional and said the fact that they can’t yet fill out certain forms because they don’t exist yet “is not a blank check for Planned Parenthood to ignore every other provision of HB 3 that it does not like.”
Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings said late last week that she was immediately considering the motion for a temporary restraining order,” according to Rickert.