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A look back at the 2015 Legislative Session
Though November of 2014 marked a significant step forward for pro-lifers in national and even state-wide elections around the U.S., the balance of power in the Kentucky House of Representatives did not change. The Kentucky House remains the only southern state house controlled by pro-abortion Democratic leadership.
Despite this challenge, Kentucky Right to Life Association was not deterred. Again this year, important legislation was introduced in both the Kentucky House and Senate.
SB4 (Sen. Julie Raque Adams- R), face to face informed consent at least 24 hours prior to performance of an abortion, was introduced in the Senate and passed 30-5 and then assigned to the House Health and Welfare Committee where it remained. SB7 (Sen. Julie Raque Adams- R) requires abortion providers to show and describe an ultrasound image of the unborn baby to the mother before she may consent to abortion. SB7 passed the Senate 31-5 and it, too, languished in the House Health and Welfare Committee.
HB393 (Rep. Joe Fisher- R) is the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protections act which would protect unborn children who feel pain by no later than 20 weeks gestation. HB393 which would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks also was handed off to the House H&W Committee. In each case we sought other ways for our bills to be introduced but were disappointed.
In 2015 the House H&W committee was even more stacked against unborn children and their mothers than it was in 2014. There are nine pro-abortion Democrats versus just six pro-life Republicans on the committee.
On the national level, women republican senators quashed the bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks (Fetal Pain) because the bill only allowed rape exceptions for women who had filed reports with the police. This disappointment came on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. However this bill is scheduled to return to the floor for a vote!!