Kentucky Gov. signs bill to ban abortions based on sex, race, or disability

By Dave Andrusko As anticipated, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has signed House Bill 5 into law. The measure, which bans abortions because of a child’s sex, race, or a disability such as Down syndrome, includes an emergency clause, meaning HB 5 went into effect immediately upon Gov. Bevin signing the bill on Tuesday. HB 5 …

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Bill on its way to Kentucky Gov. to ban abortions based on disability, gender, and race

By Dave Andrusko Building on the momentum generated by House passage, Kentucky’s Senate Wednesday passed HB 5 on an overwhelming vote of 32-4. HB 5 bans abortions because of a child’s sex, race, or a disability such as Down syndrome. Last month the House passed the bill by a lopsided vote of 67-25. The measure …

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This Is Empowerment: Maternity Home Helps Moms Up to Four Years After Giving Birth

By Gayle Irwin In the nearly 40 years that Joan Smith has been involved in pro-life work, she has seen many changes in the lives of the women she’s served. Founder and director of Lifehouse Maternity Home in Louisville, Kentucky, Smith has served women in various ways, including as a labor and delivery nurse and as …

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District Judge strikes Kentucky’s pro-life clinic transfer law

State will appeal By Dave Andrusko Following a three day hearing in September 2017, U.S. District Judge Greg Stivers has sided with the EMW Women’s Surgical Center and Planned Parenthood to strike down a Kentucky law requiring abortion clinics to have a transfer agreement with a local hospital in case of an emergency. Elizabeth Kuhn, …

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Panel of Judges to decide fate of Ky Ultrasound Law

The Kentucky Ultrasound Statute, HB 2, passed both Houses in 2017, but was overturned last September after a challenge by the EMW, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU led to a “bench” trial. Thankfully, Governor Matt Bevin appealed the decision, and last Wednesday the case was heard in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. …

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Appeals Court hears lawsuit challenging Kentucky’s ultrasound law

By Dave Andrusko In early 2017 the Kentucky legislature passed two new pro-life bills. One was the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (SB5) which then PPFA President Cecile Richards described as “shameful.” SB5, which has not been challenged, forbids aborting children capable of experiencing excruciating pain while they are killed. But the ACLU quickly went after …

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We’re Excited!

Editor’s note. The following comes from Kentucky Right to Life Association, NRLC’s state affiliate. A special outreach to students across Kentucky has been underway since last autumn, led by KRLA Asst. Director Dr. Brian Shoemaker. Slowly but surely a Kentucky Teens for Life Coalition (KyTLC) is building! Brian’s recent trips to Lexington, Somerset, and Ashland, …

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ACLU, state of Kentucky file briefs in lawsuit challenging law banning dismemberment abortions

By Dave Andrusko Three weeks ago, NRL News Today reported that the state of Kentucky and the ACLU had agreed to a joint consent order the effect of which was that state officials agreed to take no action to enforce House Bill 454 pending a ruling on the ACLU’s request for a preliminary injunction. When …

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Kentucky ban on dismemberment abortions temporarily blocked

Judge to rule June 5 on motions filed by the ACLU By Dave Andrusko When the District Court for the Western District of Kentucky temporarily blocked Kentucky’s just enacted ban on dismemberment abortions, both sides found something to salvage from last week’s action. The ACLU, which challenged HB 454 said, “This brings immediate relief to …

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Kentucky becomes ninth state to ban dismemberment abortions

By Dave Andrusko When pro-life Gov. Matt Bevin signed House Bill 454, Kentucky became the latest state to ban the vicious and gruesome practice of dismemberment abortions. Eight states had already passed bans on dismemberment abortions: Kansas (2015); Oklahoma (2015); West Virginia (2016); Mississippi (2016); Alabama (2016); Louisiana (2016); Arkansas (2017); and Texas (2017). Predictably, …

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Kentucky Senate joins House in approving ban on dismemberment abortions

By Dave Andrusko Kentucky is on the brink of becoming the ninth state to approved a ban on the vicious and gruesome practice of dismemberment abortions. By an overwhelming vote of 31-5, the Kentucky Senate on Thursday approved House Bill 454. On March 12 the House approved a slightly different version of HB 454 by …

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