Republican lawmakers in the Kentucky legislature are advancing an abortion restriction that opponents worry could upend the landmark Roe v. Wade court ruling that legalized abortion more than four decades ago.
For this year’s legislative session, lawmakers have also proposed a bill that would ban all abortions in the state if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade; a ban on abortions based on race, gender or disabilities like Down syndrome; and a requirement that doctors report all medical abortions to the state.
And he said he would be pleased if Kentucky or one of the other states considering similar measures enacted such a law and, in the event of court challenge, took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Kentucky is one of many states where heartbeat abortion laws have been proposed, though all of the measures have either failed to pass or been struck down by federal courts.
Amiri said a fetal heartbeat law is unconstitutional because the Supreme Court has consistently ruled that state's may not ban abortion before fetal viability, the point at which a fetus could survive outside the womb, considered to be about 24 weeks.
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Republican state Rep. Robert Goforth, who announced Tuesday that he is running for governor, filed House Bill 100, which is similar to a Senate bill that attempts to outlaw abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
A Kentucky Republican candidate for governor said this week that he is sponsoring a bill to effectively ban abortion because women “need to be more responsible with their actions.”
Goforth speculated that a legal challenge to his legislation could eventually overturn Roe v. Wade.
Tamarri Wieder, director of external affairs with Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, said that conservative legislators across the country are racing to have their abortion proposals heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Without a lawsuit to block it, abortion would be effectively banned in the state.”
The proposed fetal heartbeat law follows a series of three court challenges to previous Kentucky abortion laws.
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Goforth disagreed with those characterizing his bill as a “ban.”
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Courts have ruled against Gov. Matt Bevin’s defense of two anti-abortion policies over the last year — striking down the state’s new ultrasound abortion law and a requirement that abortion providers have written agreements with a hospital and ambulance service.
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The ACLU and other lawyers are seeking $1.5 million in legal fees and other Women's Surgical Center and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky in a successful challenge to a state law the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin used to try to close EMW, the state's only abortion provider.