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Four KY Representatives, called "Powerhouses" by Kentucky Tonight host, Renee Shaw, weighed in on numerous topics related to the 2024 Legislative Session. The final topic centered on exceptions to abortion.

Video set to start about at beginning of discussion of abortion topic. Find out what these women are thinking! The 2024 Regular Legislative Session begins on January 2.

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by Addia Wuchner, Executive Director

Happy Thanksgiving to YOU, KRLA and Educational Foundation Friends. This post brings good news on some current outreaches.

Nearly two months ago, our 23rd Annual Golf Outing was enjoyed by many pro-life supporters, and new friends came, too! This event supports our mission to educate the public on the cause of LIFE, especially in regards to reaching moms and saving the babies.

With the overturning of Roe in June of 2022, our Kentucky Court battles and the current cultural confusion, we are acutely aware of an even greater urgency now placed on our advocacy and educational outreach.

In the past year, we committed time and listened closely to young woman to better understand why they have felt terminating the life of their child was the answer to their situation. Many were scared, and often felt coerced or pressured by their traffickers, friends, or the baby’s father. In our conversations, we learned most did not really want to take their baby’s life, but felt at that moment hopeless, their futures were bleak, and they felt they had nowhere to turn.

In 2023, we expanded our advocacy and education footprint under the robust theme: Loving Them Both - With Every Woman, For Every Child.

In August we announced and launched two SIGNIFICANT Initiatives:

  • SAFE HAVEN BABY RESCUE BOXES - THE RIGHT TO LIFE EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION OF KENTUCKY committed to provide each of our Right to Life Chapters throughout Kentucky up to a $1000 match to assist our Chapters in supporting their community’s effort to raise the funds for a Safe Haven Baby Box.
  • HER FUTURE - PREGNANT & PARENTING SCHOLARSHIPS - No mother, no matter her age, should feel she has to choose between her education and her baby's life. She still has a world of opportunity ahead of her, and it is important to be there to support her to embrace a future that may now include motherhood and a degree.

The Right to Life Educational Foundation of Kentucky committed and blessed Her Future Scholarships with generous institutional double-it-match of $50,000. We launched a challenge match goal of $100,000 to assist Moms who choose life to continue their education, securing a bright future for them and their baby. Our “Love Them Both” Phase I Goal was set at $50,000. Sponsors and Golfers, we are excited to share that because of your faithful generosity and support, YOU DID IT! The 2023 Tee Off Fore Life Charity Golf Outing raised $50,000!

Special thanks to Mike Ryan and Dennis Corley for making the event happen!

Blessings and Thank You Again!

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By Addia Wuchner, Executive Director of Kentucky Right to Life

The November 7th General Election is fast approaching and it's essential to vote.

Your voice matters and the results will impact every Kentuckian and the future for our children and grandchildren. Low turnout means that the election of Kentucky’s next governor and our constitutional officers will be determined by a limited group of voters, making a single vote even more statistically meaningful. Don't miss your chance to make a difference in the future of our state.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 7, 2023

When is Early Voting?

In-person early voting is from Thursday, November 2, to Saturday, November 4.

Who can vote early?

All registered Kentucky voters who have not requested a mail-in absentee ballot can vote early without an excuse. State law calls this a “no-excuse in-person absentee ballot.”

To locate the exact time and location of early voting in your county, please visit GoVote.ky.gov.

It’s your right. Not voting is giving up your voice!

Today, most citizens over the age of 18 are entitled to vote in federal and state elections. It took many years of marching, protesting, and fighting for all of us to have the right to vote. Use your right. Exert your power and make your voice heard.

The Perfect Candidate

Often, we are searching and longing for the perfect candidate. A friend reminded me recently, when we were discussing a particular candidate’s positive attributes, that unless Jesus Christ was on the ballot, there is no perfect candidate. But, there are individuals who best represent your values.

In elections when you’re confident you have identified the one candidate who best represents your values and you believe that individual is much better for the future of our Commonwealth than another, being involved supporting the candidate or donating to that particular campaign may also provide a high-impact way of improving Kentucky for generations to come.

But, above all exercise your constitutional right to vote!

The cost of not voting is the betrayal of the gift and privilege those who first sought our shores fought for and those who serve our country today continue to defend.

This November 7th let your voice be heard.

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Your vote will help to elect pro-life public officials who will support public policies that will protect innocent human life from conception through natural death. Please use our pro-life voter guide which indicates the strong pro-life candidates are on your November 7th ballot.


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By Addia Wuchner, Executive Director of Kentucky Right to Life

Once again, abortion is in the headlines, with the emphasis on whether there should be exceptions for rape and incest. I was asked to comment by the Lexington Herald-Leader.

How surprised I was to see my exact words, when the story was published! Perhaps the HL is trying to be more inclusive in its reporting on the abortion issue?

Please look online (kentucky.com) for the entire article.

Wuchner: ..."the humanity of the child is not lessened by the circumstances of their conception.”
“Let me be clear, the gravity of sexual offenses such as rape or incest should never be in question. Unfortunately, during this governor’s race, I have watched the Beshear campaign spending thousands of dollars to put forth commercials and ads using this extremely personal and traumatic situation to commercialize the issue into political volley,” Wuchner wrote. “I find this political commercialization insulting to women and victims of such seriously grave offenses as they are about political sport and used for political gain.”

Wuchner said leaders should instead examine “the impunities that contribute to the continued perpetuation of sexual violence in our communities and in our culture.”

The National Republican Party Platform states the following about abortion:

The Fifth Amendment: Protecting Human Life

The Constitution's guarantee that no one can "be deprived of life, liberty or property" deliberately echoes the Declaration of Independence's proclamation that "all" are "endowed by their Creator" with the inalienable right to life. Accordingly, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protections apply to children before birth.

We oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood, so long as they provide or refer for elective abortions or sell fetal body parts rather than provide healthcare. We urge all states and Congress to make it a crime to acquire, transfer, or sell fetal tissues from elective abortions for research, and we call on Congress to enact a ban on any sale of fetal body parts...

We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life. We oppose the non-consensual withholding or withdrawal of care or treatment, including food and water, from individuals with disabilities, newborns, the elderly, or the infirm, just as we oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide.

MUCH more is written to show respect for LIFE. PLEASE read the Platform here.

Recently, our Attorney General and candidate Daniel Cameron noted that, when Governor, should the Legislature bring him a bill with exceptions, he would sign it. As governor, with a Republican majority, he would let their decision stand. In an ad to confront Beshear's attack ad on the rape issue, he explains how very different Beshear's stand is on abortion.

Regarding the Democrat stance, the GOP Platform points out:

The Democratic Party is extreme on abortion. Democrats' almost limitless support for abortion, and their strident opposition to even the most basic restrictions on abortion, put them dramatically out of step with the American people. Because of their opposition to simple abortion clinic safety procedures, support for taxpayer-funded abortion, and rejection of pregnancy resource centers that provide abortion alternatives, the old Clinton mantra of "safe, legal, and rare" has been reduced to just "legal." We are proud to be the party that protects human life and offers real solutions for women.

Ten years ago the KRTL sent a young lady, Emily Johnson, to compete in the National Right to Life Oratory Contest. Her topic was Pregnancy from RAPE. She won the national competition! Please listen to her arguments.

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Our thanks to Tessa Redmond, writer and photographer for Kentucky Today, for her excellent coverage of the Thursday, August 24, KRTL Media Conference at the Kentucky State Fair! - Addia Wuchner, Executive Director, KRTL and The RTL Educational Foundation of Kentucky

Ky. Right to Life announces scholarship for pregnant, parenting students

By Tessa Redmond | KENTUCKY TODAY | Aug 24 2023

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – One of Kentucky's leading pro-life organizations is offering an avenue of support for high schoolers and college students who choose life when facing an unexpected pregnancy. On Thursday, Kentucky Right to Life unveiled the "Her Future" Pregnant & Parenting Scholarship at the Kentucky State Fair.


"Studies have shown that pregnancy and birth…are significant contributors to high school dropout rates," said Addia Wuchner, executive director of Kentucky Right to Life. "We know that one in five women in college are unmarried mothers…We know there is a need. No woman, or girls, should ever have to choose between the life of her child and her education."

Wuchner added that higher educational attainment among mothers generally leads to higher-paying jobs, more involved and supportive parenting, safer living situations and access to healthcare for their children.

"This is critical for the children of the commonwealth of Kentucky," she said.

Kentucky Right to Life's education foundation pledged a $50,000 institutional match, while phase one of the funding process has set a goal of $100,000.

Sisters for Life, a Louisville-based pro-life ministry, also offers an education scholarship to address a need they frequently hear abortion-vulnerable women articulate, and the organization's president, Angela Minter, applauded the scholarship announcement.

Read more.

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From Addia Wuchner, Executive Director of Kentucky Right to Life

On Wednesday, August 16, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the FDA had overstepped its authority allowing the deadly drugs to be sent by mail. Kentucky Right to Life Executive Director, Addia Wuchner affirmed the Court’s finding, stating, “The three judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has determined that in 2016 and 2021, when the FDA loosened safety standards for the drug mifepristone (abortion pills) and then allowed the abortion drugs to be sent through the mail, the FDA likely violated the law.”

We have consistently stated that the FDA elected to ignore science and set aside medical best-practice safety standards, acting under political pressure to put forth guidelines permitting a do-it-yourself, at-home mail order abortion protocol that allowed abortion pills to be sent directly to the homes and dorm rooms of women and girls. The FDA’s rulings expanded a risky do-it-yourself abortion business that has opened the door for illegal trafficking of mifepristone into homes, bedrooms and dorms.

Kentucky has been on the right side of this issue. In 2022, the Kentucky General Assembly passed House Bill 3, which put forth restrictions on the deadly pill combination. Attorney General Daniel Cameron and his team took on the legal battle, fought and defended HB 3, and won.

We believe women deserve better than healthcare decisions and guidelines put forth under political agendas! Mail-order and do-it-yourself abortions are a risky business that targets vulnerable women and girls.

The FDA decision created not only a mail-order business model, but effectively contributed to creating a new industry of illegal trafficking of abortion pills into our state and around the country. We vigilantly monitor the abortion industry, and it has been alarming to discover what is actually occurring in post-Roe Kentucky while EMW and Planned Parenthood’s abortion facilities are closed for abortions.

We have seen an astounding increase of out-of-state prescribers who are mailing into the state, as well as foreign countries' marketing and illegally shipping the medications to Kentucky women and girls.

We have found crudely written post-it notes on billboards – “need abortion pills- call this number…”. Just recently we have received reports of “mutipacks” of chemical abortion pills into our state that supply Kentucky girls with dangerous Do-It-Yourself, “3 Abortion-Kill Packs” (which is a kit for up to 3 in-home abortions).

The Appeals Court basically ruled that the FDA’s approval process was inadequate, and that access to the abortion pill mifepristone be restricted, and not prescribed through a telemedicine encounter and delivered through the mail. The drugs are still for sale at this time, as we wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm Wednesday’s Appeals Court ruling and restrictions.

Of course, the Administration, through their spokesperson at the U.S. Department of Justice, stated the Administration will appeal the ruling.

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From Addia Wuchner, Executive Director of Kentucky Right to Life

Today marks one year since the life of an unborn baby could be legally and willfully terminated in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We celebrate every life saved this past year. We are grateful to Kentucky lawmakers, Attorney General Daniel Cameron and everyone who has prayed, advocated as a voice for the voiceless.

We have worked over 50 years for the human rights of the unborn and the defense of the most vulnerable, yet the right to life of the unborn has been and continues to be the defining issue of our time. There is a difference between the pro-choice advocates’ message that says you can separate the mother from her child and our pro-life message that says you cannot. You cannot love the women without loving the child, nor can you love the child without loving the mother. Our message is clear that to be pro-life means to be pro-woman.


Today the ACLU and abortion advocates hosted a rally to complain about a year of lack of access to abortion and the right for a pregnant woman to terminate the life of her unborn child in the Commonwealth. The challenge we put before the pro-choice advocates today, if we truly care about Kentucky women, we must come together and seek ways to support pregnant women that provide a path for a bright future, breaking the cycle of poverty for Kentucky women and their children.

We must work together to respond to the issues impacting Kentucky women. Over the years, I have listened to vulnerable young women explaining how they felt pressured to choose between having their baby or continuing their education. Kentucky Right to Life is currently working with the private sector and with lawmakers to develop initiatives that will assist teens and college women to accomplish their educational goals and impact future generations of Kentuckians. Additionally, we are working with lawmakers to ensure women access to programs that provide critical healthcare support for a non-viable pregnancy.


Kentucky Right to Life will continue to advocate, to expand our outreach and to explore new initiatives that support vulnerable young women in crisis experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and empower women to make life-affirming decisions. Loving them both, moms and their babies, means we can do more, and we must do more.

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From Addia Wuchner, Executive Director of Kentucky Right to Life


Dear ProLife Friends,

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Margie Montgomery. Co-founder of Kentucky Right to Life, Margie also served as the Executive Director of Kentucky Right to Life, The Right to Life Educational Foundation of Kentucky and Right to Life of Louisville until 2020. Margie dedicated her life to ending abortion and saving innocent lives.

In an interview announcing her retirement, Margie stated, “I am often asked what it is about me that makes it possible to come to the office today with the same determination I did January 23, 1973, the day after the nightmarish Roe v. Wade decision was handed down. The most concise answer is because the grace of God has given me the vision to see the unborn child as he or she truly is— a unique, living human being made in the image of God.”

mm-active.pngAs Kentucky’s beloved champion for the unborn and their moms, Margie inspired thousands upon thousands to join the cause for Life. The entire prolife community is extremely grateful for her unwavering passion and leadership.

Margie will forever be remembered in the highest regard. Our hearts go out to her sons Keefe and Schu, and her entire family at this time. Please join with us in keeping them in your prayers.

Ratterman Funeral Home on Lexington Road in Louisville is handling the arrangements for Margie.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 20, 2023) -- Addia Wuchner, Executive Director of Kentucky Right to Life, released the following statement:

“Almost one year to the day after we celebrated the historic Dobbs decision that solved one of our nation’s most grievous wrongs, Kentucky Right to Life is rejoicing that even pro-abortion activists in Kentucky recognize the validity of our ProLife laws. They have walked away from their own case before the Kentucky Supreme Court. Today, every word of every ProLife law is intact.

“After decades of prayer, work and action, the sanctity of life is now recognized across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We are grateful to the generations of Kentucky’s ProLife advocates, members of the Kentucky General Assembly, and champions like Attorney General Daniel Cameron who have made today’s victory possible.

“Now, the ProLife movement is eager to continue our work making abortion unthinkable and walking with the mothers and families who courageously choose life.”


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FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 20, 2023) After a federal court dismissed challenges to the Humanity in Healthcare Act last week, Attorney General Daniel Cameron celebrates another legal victory for mothers and unborn children. Today, General Cameron announced that the plaintiffs in Jefferson Circuit Court—Planned Parenthood and EMW Women’s Surgical Center—have conceded and moved for voluntary dismissal of their challenge to Kentucky’s Human Life Protection Act.

Attorney General Cameron released the following statement::

“A society is judged by how it treats its most vulnerable—especially the unborn. Today is a reminder that every life deserves to live. My office will always defend and enforce Kentucky’s pro-life laws passed by our General Assembly. We are gratified that the abortion providers recognized their case should be dismissed. As a result of our efforts, I am proud to say that the elective abortion industry is out of business in Kentucky, and their inhumane practice remains illegal in our Commonwealth.”

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 16, 2023) Attorney General Cameron announces that a federal court has dismissed the challenge to House Bill 3—the Humanity in Healthcare Act—brought by Planned Parenthood and EMW Women’s Surgical Center. One of the most comprehensive pieces of pro-life legislation in the Commonwealth’s history, the Humanity in Healthcare Act is now fully in force and is the law of Kentucky.

The dismissal of the challenge to HB 3 follows a ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The Court ordered that the district court’s rulings questioning HB 3’s legality are no longer binding and lifted the district court’s injunction preventing full enforcement of the law.

General Cameron released the following statement:

“Our laws should reflect our values. Kentuckians across the Commonwealth have repeatedly sent pro-life representatives to Frankfort to protect the health and safety of mothers and unborn children. That’s exactly what the General Assembly did in 2022 with House Bill 3. I always have and always will stand strong in defense of our pro-life legislation. And because of my office’s work, every word of the Humanity in Healthcare Act is now law.”

View the court ruling here.

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From the desk of Addia Wuchner, RN, Executive Director

Dear Friends of Life,

Today, Kentucky Right to Life is celebrating 50 years!

Kentucky Right to Life was founded and formally incorporated on June 6, 1973. Because of our supporters, look where we are today!

For 50 years, Kentucky Right to Life, our Right to Life chapters, and our pro-life friends and supporters throughout the Commonwealth have been an unwavering voice for the most vulnerable in our midst: unborn children, their mothers, the infirm, and the dying.

We believe that every life is a gift of immeasurable worth, from conception to natural death, created in the image of God (Psalm 139). After 50 years, our mission continues: working together, changing hearts to make abortion unthinkable, and cultivating a culture where the dignity of every life is valued.

We are all sincerely grateful and honor our founders, Mrs. Margie Montgomery, Judge Robert F. Greene (dec), and architect Mr. Paul Kissel (dec), as well as the early ProLife warriors. They set our hearts on fire and inspired our hopes to pray, engage, and advocate for a world where the dignity and worth of each and every life created in the image of God are embraced.

Today we are continuing their mission as we strive to make abortion unthinkable.

As we celebrate Kentucky Right to Life’s 50th anniversary and, in just a few days, the historic June 24th, 2022, decision overturning Roe, we know our work is far from finished. Today's culture calls each of us to the collaborative mission of creating a world where abortion is unthinkable and every child has the potential to weave their own unique and beautiful tapestry!

For our 50th anniversary, we are excited to share with you our first issue of Tapestry magazine, published to commemorate the Kentucky Right to Life 50th Anniversary and our Celebrate Life Gala with our special guest Dr. Ben Carson.


On behalf of our Board, Chapters throughout the Commonwealth and Members, I thank each of you for your continued prayers, support and friendship over the years.

Please be assured of our prayers.

Changing One Heart, Saving One Life, Making Abortion Unthinkable!

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From the desk of Addia Wuchner, RN, Executive Director

In the last 299 days, there have been no abortions in Commonwealth of Kentucky — except when medically necessary to protect the life of the mother.

Let’s face it folks, when you can no longer profit from taking innocent lives, close the doors and it is time to move on. EMW is doing just that!

Photo from KentuckyToday.com website.

Prior to the overturning of Roe on June 24, 2022, and the KY Court’s ruling on August 1, 2022, EMW Women’s Surgical Center was in the business of ending lives… and they have ended the lives of SO MANY babies as the primary abortion clinic serving the city of Louisville, the state of Kentucky and a six-state region since 1981.

But, since 1981 on any day EMW’s doors were open, faithful advocates for the unborn prayed, held signs, offered booklets, and sidewalk counselors would come alongside the women, sharing words of support and other options to consider, often directing them to local pregnancy care centers.

For years Kentucky Right to Life and our members, faithful ProLife advocates and prayer warriors have stormed Heaven for those who had no voice.

We waited, trusted, and advocated that one day we would see EMW shut down. Well, that day has come!

For 50 years, Kentucky Right to Life has worked to help elect candidates for public office who were committed to be “ProLife lawmakers”. Once elected, KRTL and other groups worked tirelessly with these legislators to draft and pass laws that recognized preborn babies as human beings deserving of legal protection.

Since 2017, over 18 ProLife laws were passed! Most were challenged in the courts. The ‘Trigger’ law passed in 2019, affirmed that if Roe were overturned, abortion in Kentucky would end.

Then something just short of a miracle occurred... In 2019 the citizens of Kentucky elected Daniel Cameron as Attorney General. AG Cameron assembled his team, “the best of the best” extremely talented attorneys, many who served with Matt Bevin.

Over the last three years, General Cameron, Solicitor General Matt Kuhn, Chris Thacker and the entire team have defended Kentucky’s ProLife laws in the Jefferson and Franklin County Courts, the US Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Time and time again, they have demonstrated their ability to critically analyze the situation and to create a plan of action to win in the Courts. Their dedication and skill are why today we are witnessing the sale of EMW Abortion Clinic!

Yes, we know that Planned Parenthood still stands, but optimism is in the air. Thank you ProLifers! Let’s continue to pray and stand against abortion.

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UPDATE | 6-20-23

The EMW and Planned Parenthood case to challenge Kentucky's Trigger Law has been dismissed without prejudice.

UPDATE | 5-24-23

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an opinion remanding the appeal for HB3 to the US Western District Court in Kentucky, recommending that the District Court vacate its injunction orders.

From the Desk of Addia Wuchner, RN, Executive Director KRTL & The RTL Education Foundation of Kentucky

Today is day 280 since August 1, 2022— the last day abortion facilities in Kentucky were open. In fact, it is nine months, seven days past August 1, 2022! June 24, 2022, the day Roe v. Wade was oveturned, was 317 days ago.

Think about it ProLife Friends, and join us as we thank Heaven… Mothers scheduled for abortions on August 2, 2022 – by now those babies would be born and taken their first breath.

Of course, we know woman may elect to travel out of state to have an abortion, but how many babies know life? How many precious lives have been saved since August 2, 2022?

But Kentucky Right to Life, the Attorney General of Kentucky and our KRTL legal team are still in the Courts defending Kentucky laws and defending LIFE.

Following is an update on the three ProLife matters pending in the Courts.

  1. HB 3 - United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Cincinnati
  2. Kentucky Trigger Law - Louisville Circuit Court, Division 3
  3. Buffer Zone - U.S. Western District Court, Louisville

1 First date in court - June 15, 2023, 9 AM, Cincinnati Court of Appeals

HB3, the ‘omnibus pro-life bill’ Humanity in Healthcare Act that became law in 2022, will be further litigated. Aspects of its requirements have been challenged by plaintiffs EMW and Planned Parenthood. Please watch for more news about this upcoming hearing. Pray for pro-life law to be upheld and protected. For background on this litigation, see this article list.

2 Next date in court - June 28, 2023, Time TBA, Judge Perry Louisville Circuit Court

We’ll call this one the “KSC (Kentucky Supreme Court) case.”

Briefly, the case was on appeal from Judge Mitch Perry, to ask the KSC to overrule the KY Appeals Court decision to ‘stay’ his order to reopen the abortion clinics. A sizable list of articles about this litigation is on this Forum for anyone who wants to follow the timeline.

A Status hearing to follow up on the February 16 (2023) KSC 150-page ruling was held in Judge Perry’s Jefferson Circuit Court on Monday, April 24th. The KSC ruling stated that the abortion clinics did not have standing to bring their case:

After thorough review, we hold that the abortion providers lack third-party standing to challenge the statutes on behalf of their patients. Notwithstanding, the abortion providers have first-party, constitutional standing to challenge one of the statutes on their own behalf. We affirm the Court of Appeals’ holding that the circuit court abused its discretion by granting the abortion providers’ motion for a temporary injunction and remand to the circuit court for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

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During the Status hearing, the plaintiffs reported that they had not been able to find a woman willing to represent their lawsuit, as one who would have standing before the KSC.

The Federal standard for standing that had been adopted by the KSC in 2018, states: “for a party to sue in Kentucky, the initiating party must have the requisite constitutional standing to do so, defined by three requirements: (1) injury, (2) causation, (3) redressability. In other words, [a] plaintiff must allege personal injury fairly traceable to the defendant’s allegedly unlawful conduct and likely to be redressed by the requested relief.”

The defendant (appellant) for this appeal, was Daniel Cameron in his capacity as Attorney General. The appellees were the EMW Clinic, their owner Ernest Marshall, MD, on behalf of his patients, and Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, on behalf of itself, its staff and its patients.

The ‘injury’ was the closing of the abortion clinics as legislated by Ky’s ‘trigger law’— the Human Life Protection Act to close the clinics if/when Roe was overturned— enacted in 2019 and enforced. Read here.

The KSC ruled that the appellees could not plead on behalf of their patients because the clinics were not, by legal definition, injured.

The appellant attorney arguing for Cameron, Christopher Thacker, objected to adding a plaintiff —a potential patient of the clinics. He insisted the only issue before the Court was to decide whether to uphold the ‘trigger law.’ Judge Perry agreed with Mr. Thacker and the AG's position.

Judge Perry extended the proceedings, setting a new Status hearing on Wednesday, June 28, to establish the outcome.

It is important for all Right to Lifers to pray about his court case.

In the proceedings before the Kentucky Supreme Court, only one justice, Robert Conley, concurred with Justice Lambert’s opinion which is the ‘holding’ for the case.

The Chief Justice, Laurance VanMeter, concurred in result only. This means that though he agreed with the final result of the holding, he did not agree with the conclusions used to reach it or perhaps with some points of the decision.

Justice Angela Bisig, new on the KSC this year, concurred in part and dissented in part by separate opinion in which Justice Michelle Keller joined. Keller concurred in part and dissented in part by separate opinion in which Bisig joined. (Two peas in a pod.)

Justice Christopher Nickell and new Justice, Kelly Thompson, concurred in part and dissented in part in separate opinions.

So, as we see, the upcoming June 28 hearing in the Circuit Court may take advantage of these dissents to pry open fresh litigation.

Pro-life Jefferson Countians may be rightly disappointed that Bisig, the 4th District KSC representative, is NOT pro-life.

3 Waiting on court date - Stalled - U.S. Western District Court, Louisville

The third matter still in the courts is the Louisville Buffer Zone case. Background on this is found here. The Cincinnati Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the pro-life plaintiffs, KRTL and Sisters for Life. We heard from many KRTL members and friends who appreciated our involvement in objecting to the Metro Louisville Council’s ordinance mandating a ‘buffer’ zone of 10 feet around the EMS to prevent sidewalk counseling.

Our fine attorney Chris Wiest is asking Judge Rebecca Jennings to permanently enjoin the ordinance so that the case will have an official end, upholding free speech. The EMW Clinic claims that it is now a moot issue since no sidewalk counseling is taking place due to the closure of the clinic.

Lights are on in the abortion clinics. Physical abortions are not being performed, but calls are fielded, and there is not yet a definitive end to abortion in Kentucky until the court cases are closed.

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From the desk of Addia Wuchner, RN, Executive Director

"For Kentucky Right to Life, chapters and pro-life Kentuckians, today's 4-3 ruling by the Kentucky Supreme Court is another historic moment. It's a moment to rejoice. We're extremely grateful for Attorney General Cameron and his entire team and the stellar work that they've done defending the laws of Kentucky.

"Abortion facilities have been closed for over 198 days and they remain closed. Lives will continue to be saved. But we clearly understand that… the battle is far from over. We will continue to work, pray, and advocate to protect the lives of unborn children and to work with their moms to make abortion unthinkable.

"With the overturning of Roe, the matter of abortion was appropriately returned to the States. We are now experiencing how democracy should work.

"The Justices are to precisely rule on matters of legislation so they can consider these issues in constitutional rather than political terms. The Courts are granted the great power of judicial review, the power to uphold or strike down laws passed by federal or state legislatures, on the grounds that they violate the basic principles of the Constitution.

"Today we celebrate, we have turned the page; this chapter has a happy ending. But this book on life is far from over."


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At this moment, terminating the life of an unborn child is illegal in the Commonwealth except in extreme cases of maternal medical risk, as the Kentucky Trigger & Heartbeat Laws remain in the hands of the Kentucky Supreme Court.

This is the longest span of days that the lives of precious and vulnerable Kentuckians have been free from termination since Nine-Men-in-Black-Robes issued their decision that decided the tragic fate of more than 63 million innocent children.

We pray in thanksgiving as our mission continues, working together, changing hearts to make abortion unthinkable. We are counting the days until the 2023 Celebrate Life Gala, Kentucky’s 1st Post-Roe Celebration with special guests Dr. Ben Carson and his wife Candy.

Dr. Carson is an accomplished neurosurgeon, yet a humble and kind man. We are so honored he accepted our invitation to visit the Bluegrass. Profoundly pro-life, Dr. Carson performed the first successful neurosurgical procedure on an unborn child inside while in the womb, while developing new methods to treat brain-stem tumors.

Dr. Carson became the director of pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in 1984 at age 33, then the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery in the United States. In 1987, he led a team of surgeons in the first known separation of conjoined twins who were joined at the back of the head. The Gallup Organization named Dr. Carson one of the 10 Most Admired Men in the World.

It has been 50 years and look where we are today!

Kentucky Right to Life was founded and formally incorporated on June 6, 1973. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, March 2nd, as we gather for Kentucky's First Post-Roe Celebration and Kentucky Right to Life’s 50th Jubilee Anniversary.

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11/22/2023 3:59:24 PM
Blessings and thank you to our sponsors, golfers, volunteers and everyone for supporting the 2023 Tee Off Fore Life Charity Golf Outing!
10/13/2023 7:50:02 PM
10/5/2023 8:40:27 PM
The arguments denying rape as a reason for abortion are presented by a high school contestant in the 2013 NRLC Oratory Contest. Wow!
8/25/2023 7:53:14 PM
RTL Educational Foundation takes a big step forward to support high schoolers and college students who choose life when facing an unexpected pregnancy.
8/22/2023 12:13:01 AM
Intrusion into Kentucky by out-of-state and foreign abortion pill prescribers not a surprise, but a tremendous tragedy for many teens and women.
8/2/2023 8:51:53 PM
On July 21st, with the news of Tony Bennett’s passing at 96, a YouTube video popped up with Tony singing “What a Diff’rence a Day Makes.” The song, of course, is about the ups and downs of relationships. But if there was ever a song title for today in Kentucky, rather than “a Day,” it would be “What a Diff’rence a Year Makes.”
7/8/2023 3:04:54 PM
Announcing the departure from life of Right to Life giant and friend, Margie Montgomery
6/21/2023 12:10:52 PM
State Abortion Providers Admit Defeat, Ensuring Pro-Life Laws Stand in Kentucky
6/17/2023 12:49:38 PM
Federal Appeals Court dismisses challenge to HB3 brought by Planned Parenthood and EMW Women’s Surgical Center; Planned Parenthood and EMW dismiss case against 'Trigger Law'!
6/6/2023 8:14:08 PM
Fifty is nifty, as they say. We are grateful for this milestone.
5/27/2023 4:57:42 PM
The EMW building is on the market for $3.5 million.
5/17/2023 9:50:18 AM
Thank you to all pro-life campaign workers
5/8/2023 11:38:01 PM
It may be a long, steamy summer if abortion advocates proceed as usual.
2/16/2023 7:23:24 PM
Abortion facilities have been closed for over 198 days and they remain closed- for now.
2/4/2023 2:05:56 PM
We are 244 days since the June 24th overturn of Roe, and 184 days without abortions in Kentucky!

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