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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 24, 2022) – Kentucky Right to Life Executive Director Addia Wuchner released the following statement today regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:



“Today, our nation rights one of its most terrible wrongs. The prayers of millions of prolife Americans have been answered as our legal system begins to recognize the rights, dignity and humanity of every precious child. Roe was wrong the day it was handed down, and today’s decision sets course for a new generation of life in America.
 

“For 50 years, Kentucky Right to Life has been the face of the Commonwealth’s ProLife Movement as a proud and prayerful witness for humanity in the public square. Our mission continues to be changing hearts and saving lives.



“We rejoice today in this long-awaited victory. But now our work to uphold the cause of life truly begins.


“This November, every Kentucky voter will have the chance to stand up for our prolife values and vote Yes for Life. This ProLife Constitutional Amendment is critical to guaranteeing we don’t fall victim to another tragedy of judicial activism like Roe here in Kentucky. Voting YES on Constitutional Amendment Number Two is our opportunity ensure no judge puts his own politics above the will of the people and invents a right to abortion in our Commonwealth.



“In the coming months, Kentucky Right to Life and our partners in the Yes for Life Alliance will tirelessly engage prolife Kentuckians in every corner of our Commonwealth on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


“To ensure that today’s celebration isn’t undercut by a judge who doesn’t speak for Kentucky, we need everyone to vote Yes on Constitutional Amendment Number Two. Together, we can officially make Kentucky a bold, prolife state this November.”


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Addia has provided interviews for too many media to count. The news coverage of this SCOTUS decision is global and bigger than 9/11. President Biden has said: “This fall, let’s elect more senators and representatives who will codify a women’s right to choose into law once again.” KRTL says: Vote YES for LIFE and elect pro-life candidates!

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by Addia Wuchner, KRTL Executive Director

With the potential overturn of Roe v Wade in shouting distance, the media is hungry for news and comments. We accommodate all news outlets without bias.

Unfortunately we can’t report that all the news people and platforms are open to our views even while we respond to their questions. This is made clear when they alter our words to fit their official narrative.

For example, we often use the term ‘abortion facility’ but they change it to ‘reproductive healthcare clinic.’ We use the term ‘surgical abortion’ to define abortions that require the use of instruments to crush the heads and and to scrape the body parts of pre-born babies from mothers’ wombs. They use the term ‘abortion procedure.’

In fact, surgical instruments may be required as early as 12 weeks if the fetus’ head will not pass through the birth canal unless crushed. Up to 14 weeks the abortion may be accomplished by suction aspiration, but after that the normal procedure is Dilation and Evacuation, D&E, using curette steel instruments.

The American College of ObGyns (ACOG) has an Abortion Language Guide which directs its members not to use the term ‘Dismemberment Ban’, for example, but instead to say, ‘Dilation and Evacuation Ban.’

Their Guide says doctors should not say ‘womb’ but ‘uterus’; don’t say ‘partial-birth-abortion,’ just say ‘intact dilation & evacuation.’

We use the term ‘chemical’ for abortions that are done by RU486 or abortion pill regimens. They use ‘medical’ to avoid the implication that harsh chemicals are involved. However, you can see in the screenshot below from the National Institute of Health website that harsh chemicals are used.

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In addition to the ACOG Guide, the Associated Press Style Book provides a ‘style book’ for the news media. It’s a conspiracy!

A pro-life author who submits a piece taking a position against abortion will see the words “pro-life” changed to “anti-abortion,” because the AP Stylebook instructs, “Use anti-abortion instead of pro-life and pro-abortion rights instead of pro-abortion or pro-choice.” It goes on, “Avoid abortionist,” saying the term “connotes a person who performs clandestine abortions.”

Roe says VIABILITY is the test for when abortions may be performed. Yet we now have legislators, doctors and states that advise or permit abortion of full-term babies, even those alive outside the womb, that is, VIABLE. How unbelievable!

Thank you pro-lifers for supporting our work during this critical time in Kentucky and in America. KRTL has been bombarded this entire year with more than 40 requests for interviews and statements.

I accommodate these in person, in the office, on zoom, at media locations or wherever— to be sure that our Kentucky Right to Life is front and center on the abortion controversy. I want to bring a thoughtful and caring expression so that we will help to build a culture of life in our morally devastated nation and world. We count on your support for this work.

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by Addia Wuchner, KRTL Executive Director

There is a ‘before’ and ‘after’ time period for Kentucky pro-life legislation.

Our original executive director, Margie Montgomery, and Mike Janocik, our hard-working legislative liaison for 25 years, were on a devoted mission to present ideas and to help pass pro-life laws.

Their efforts were rewarded from the late 1970s through 2004. After that a dozen years passed without any progress, because though pro-life bills would be faithfully introduced by pro-life legislators, they never made it out of the House Health & Family Services Committee whose leadership was Democrat.

KRTL persistence paid off when Kentucky became a Republican Trifecta in 2016 following the Bevin win in 2015. Pro-life bills began to sail through both Houses and babies were feeling the joy of all pro-lifers. Perhaps the next five+ years will see LESS need for pro-life legislation.

With the bills passed during the past five years, one would expect a decrease in numbers of abortions in Kentucky but instead we have seen instead an increase. This may reflect the intense legal fights that prevented some laws from taking effect. It could reflect that abortion-pill deaths were not carefully reported prior to the passage of Sen. Robbie Mills’ bill to require abortion pill reporting. It does reflect that a second abortion facility opened in 2020 when Andy Beshear became governor. He ruled that Planned Parenthood could provide abortions though the Transfer Agreement litigation was not settled. In that year we see a sizable increase in numbers of chemical abortions.

As well, the law cannot change hearts, yet it has great influence. Many of our teens, young adults and many who are much older perceive that abortion is OK because, after all, it is the law of the land.

But what if Roe is overturned? Our hope would be that many would be surprised that it was bad law— it should never have become the ruling standard requiring the states to follow its lead.

The human heart and conscience can be damaged when burdened with misleading information that is continually presented in a favorable light. Thus have many in our country become sociopathic in respect to the value of human life.

On the new horizon

Kentucky Right to Life’s mission has always been twofold; for 50 years KRTL has been the face of the ProLife Movement in the Commonwealth. We have worked diligently with legislators to changes laws that protect innocent life and the most vulnerable our midst. At the same time we have been actively engaged as the public witness for life, initiating multifaceted educational programs to teach that the preborn child is not a mass of cells, but an unique individual, small and forming, just beginning the journey we have each made.

Because we understand the critical importance to change hearts, over a year ago we adopted an updated and enhanced mission statement, “Changing Hearts-Saving Lives”!

Kentucky Right to Life is hard at work to develop new programs and events that will help to educate, advocate and convert those with doubts to the side of LIFE. Thank you for your support during this critical moment in history.


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by Addia Wuchner, Execuive Director, KRTL

This November, every Kentuckian will have the opportunity to take action for our PROLIFE values! By voting Yes for Life, we can all make clear there is no right to abortion or funding for abortions in Kentucky’s Constitution.

November may seem far off, but we need YOU to join us as we kick off “Yes for Life Kentucky” TODAY, with a ProLife media blitz!

We are asking all of our KRTL Families, Friends, Supporters and Chapters to join us for the Yes for Life Social Media Blitz! Let’s blanket the Kentucky media with our message!

Please PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT for Kentucky’s ProLife Constitutional Amendment and encourage your friends and family to do the same. You can take part on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media platform. Below you’ll find a graphic and suggested text.

It is easy, all you have to do is post, share and repost— TODAY!

WHAT:
Yes for Life Social Media Blitz
WHEN:
Tuesday, June 7th, 2022
WHY:
Help every pro-life Kentuckian pledge their vote for Constitutional Amendment #2 - Yes for Life
HOW:
Post the social media content and graphic we’ve included below on Facebook and Twitter. You also can pull a graphic from the Yes for Life Facebook page.

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Examples of what to post

Facebook:

  • On November 8, 2022, I’m voting YES on Constitutional Amendment #2, the #YesforLife Amendment, to send a clear message: There is no right to an abortion or the funding for abortions in #Kentucky’s Constitution.
  • Pledge your YES vote now on the Yes for Life site.
  • This November, we can write our #prolife values into #Kentucky’s Constitution. Vote YES on Constitutional Amendment #2, the #YesforLife Amendment, to stand for the sanctity of all life. Pledge your YES vote for #YesforLifeKY: https://www.yesforlifeky.com/
  • Will you join me in voting YES for Life on November 8, 2022? By voting YES on Constitutional Amendment #2, the #YesforLife Amendment, we can make our #Kentucky Constitution reflect our bold #prolife values. Pledge your vote today: https://www.yesforlifeky.com/

Twitter:

  • On November 8, 2022, I’m voting YES on Constitutional Amendment #2, the #YesforLife Amendment, to send a clear message: There is no right to an abortion or the funding for abortions in #Kentucky’s most sacred document.
  • Pledge your YES vote now on the Yes for Life site.
  • Will you join me in voting YES for Life on November 8, 2022? By voting YES on Constitutional Amendment #2, the Yes for Life Amendment, we can make our KY Constitution reflect our bold #prolife values. Pledge your vote today: https://www.yesforlifeky.com/
  • KYians have stood up for the sanctity of life in their homes, churches & communities. On November 8, 2022, we can protect life at the ballot box! Vote YES on Constitutional Amendment #2 to say KY’s Constitution does NOT protect the right to an abortion. https://www.yesforlifeky.com/

Thank you in advance for your commitment to protecting future generations!


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Bob ScottBob brings over 30 years of successful management experience across many organizations to our team. He has worked in Frankfort and around the Commonwealth serving the pro-life and pro-family mission. Most importantly, he brings his passion, talents and commitment to share and expand our mission to uphold the sanctity of life.

Bob holds a degree in Communications from Morehead State University. He and his wife Caroline reside in Shelby County with their four children. Caroline is co-host of the Jim and Caroline morning show on WJIE Christian radio in Louisville.

“I’m incredibly excited and blessed to be joining Addia and the Kentucky Right to Life team for a time such as this. God is so very good,” Bob says of his new role. Please join us in welcoming Bob Scott!


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by Addia Wuchner, Executive Director, KRTL

Thank you, ProLife Kentuckians, for demonstrating your unwavering commitment to elect ProLife public servants this past Tuesday to serve as your voice in Frankfort.

In the days and months ahead, we have a tremendous amount of work to accomplish— and it appears we will be spending much of our time in the Courts and as well as raising funds to pass Kentucky’s ProLife “Yes for Life” Amendment in November.

HB3, The Humanity in HealthCare Act 2022, remains in the Courts. While we are disappointed in Judge Jennings’ ruling on May 19, and the extension of the order in favor of Planned Parenthood and EMW, it is far from over. Our Kentucky Attorney General Cameron and the Appellate Team in his office will be reviewing the decision and preparing next steps.

Meanwhile, we are awaiting our date to appear before the Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals for our joint Buffer Zone lawsuit. And Kentucky, as well as the entire Nation is awaiting the Supreme Court ruling on Dobbs… No time to rest ProLife Kentucky! We have much work to do. Thank you for your support.


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by Addia Wuchner, Executive Director, KRTL

With the ‘draft’ version of the SCOTUS decision on Roe v. Wade leaked on Politico, we are thinking through the potential ramifications. Will Kentucky’s ‘Trigger Law’, established in 2019 through HB148, be set off in the very near future to ban all abortions? WHOA! We do not yet know whether the Roe ‘draft’ ruling will be the final one.

The Abortion issue has become knotty, and the KY laws regulating it reflect a circuitous landscape. In fact, the many Amicus briefs submitted to urge the high court to reverse Roe in the Dobbs case, cite hundreds of cases that conflict because of varying interpretations of Roe in state and federal courts.

The section of the Kentucky Revised Statutes that was revised to include HB148 states that KY will ban all abortions, medical and surgical, should Roe v Wade be reversed, or should another constitutional amendment be passed. If this occurs, we will say, “It’s Springtime in the Commonwealth!”

This triggering effect ideally would eliminate the need for the current HB3 regulations. However, there was a stipulation in the 2019 law that its ban of abortions would be effective “relative to the appropriation of Medicaid funds.” If the President should issue an executive order or the Congress pass a statute that would require a state to fund abortion in “limited circumstances” to remain eligible to receive federal Medicaid funds, then the bullet would be deflected in some instances, to the best of our understanding.

We cannot know what the new landscape will look like, especially at the rate the Biden administration issues new orders. We do know that adding the Yes-for-Life Amendment to Kentucky’s Constitution will be needed. It states: To protect human life, nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion. This amendment PREVENTS a misinterpretation of existing law, as the Roe decision effected in the US Constitution. Please keep this in mind when you go to the polls in the fall and help spread the word!

Meanwhile, our pro-life Attorney General Cameron is defending HB3, and the Monday, May 2, hearing ended in Judge Jenning’s statement that she would issue a ruling of a partial injunction very soon. Both sides agreed that certain of the Humanity in Healthcare Act’s stipulations can be immediately enforced.

Following the Judge’s Order, both sides agreed to extend the amount of time for answers or responsive pleadings. The State will have until June 2nd to file an answer and the Plaintiffs— Planned Parenthood, EMW and the ACLU, will then have until June 23rd to respond.

Addia and Nancy and the opposition

As you can note from the photos, opposition to HB3 was vociferous with a powerful bullhorn, but our pro-life supporters brought a peaceful witness for Life. I am so proud of all pro-lifers for your steady, loving, persistent, effective work to put an end to Roe v Wade and abortion. I am very close to saying, “Congratulations, you have won!” But we await the orderly application of American law.

Watch the video of the news conference that followed the court hearing here.


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UPDATED 5-31-22

Judge Denies Request from AG to enforce HB3

"Though final passage was granted more than a month ago, Kentucky’s newest law further restricting and regulating abortion access has yet to take full effect. Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings issued a preliminary injunction on May 19 blocking the state from enforcing most of House Bill 3…

"Last week, Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office appealed the preliminary injunction to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and asked Jennings to allow his office to enforce provisions of the law in the meantime…

"Jennings on Thursday denied Cameron’s request. With the injunction in place, access to abortion in Kentucky is largely as it was before House Bill 3 was passed into law.

… Cameron has rebuked legal challenges to the new law, arguing that compliance is possible even if the mechanisms for compliance don’t exist. …"

Read more.


UPDATED 4-27-22

Judge Sets HB3 Hearing for Monday, May 2, 2022

EMW Clinic joins Planned Parenthood HB3 suit; case goes to court next week. Watch for more news.


MEDIA STATEMENTS provided by Addia Wuchner, RN, Executive Director, KRTL | 4-22-22

About the Temporary Restraining Order for HB3

“We are disappointed in the April 21st decision by U.S. District Judge Jennings to enjoin in its entirety House Bill 3, the Humanity in Healthcare Act. While we are frustrated by the ruling, Kentucky Right to Life is in consultation with counsel, our members, and Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron in next steps to appeal the temporary injunction.

“From the beginning, we have acknowledged that House Bill 3 would not end abortion in Kentucky. HB 3 is a multifaceted bill that reflects our continued commitment to Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens, the unborn, as well as advocating for justice and safe medical practices for their Mothers.” - Addia Wuchner


“We are disappointed that the court chose to temporarily halt enforcement of the entire law. This law is constitutional, and we look forward to continuing to defend it.” - Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron


“I am disappointed with US District Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings’ temporary restraining order of HB 3, Humanity In Healthcare, allowing for chemical abortions to be used by any female, regardless of her age, who has a credit card that will cover the expense.

“Her decision, along with the FDA’s announcement in December 2021 that allows for the abortion-inducing kit to be available via mail order without a doctor visit, in essence turns every bathroom in the Commonwealth of Kentucky into an abortion clinic. It is a sad day for the weakest among us – the baby in the womb.” - Representative Nancy Tate, primary sponsor of HB 3


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by Addia Wuchner, Executive Director, KRTL

House Bill 3, the Humanity in Healthcare Act— our ‘6 ProLife Bills in 1,’ has passed, and Secretary of State Adams will sign it into law. The Secretary of State signs all bills into law when they have required an override of a Governor’s veto.

Thank you to everyone for your prayers this Session and your calls to Frankfort. Kentucky Right to Life is honored to serve as your voice in Frankfort, working with our House and Senate on prolife legislation.

House Bill 3 is the result of over a year’s work! We want to thank the entire Kentucky ProLife Caucus, and especially Representatives Tate (shown in the Rotunda), King, Prunty and Bechler in the House along with Senator Max Wise for his work on SB 321 and the 15-week abortion restriction, and Senator Alvarado.

Rep. Nancy Tate

A special thank you to KRTL members and friends for your calls this week asking your Legislators to vote “YES” to override the Governor’s veto on HB3!

It has been a long session and your legislators have worked extremely hard. When the final vote is cast and the gavel falls declaring Sine Die later today, the 2022 Legislative Session will be a wrap.

I have a favor to ask: Please take a moment to call Frankfort one more time, just to say, Thank you for the voting to override the HB3 veto! Please call the Legislative Message Line at 1-800-372-7181.

Angry winds

As tornadic winds ripped across Kentucky last night, the anger from the pro-abortion advocates was also intensifying. The ACLU, EMW and Planned Parenthood all will challenge this legislation in court. They have raised truckloads of money to defeat HB3.

Kentucky is a battleground state. To quote from today's Courier-Journal, "Final passage of HB 3 makes Kentucky the first state to end all access to abortion..." Read More.

We take pride in that, however, we know that it makes our opponents even more determined to defeat our powerful legislation.

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New York Times screenshot

The VETO Override Senate voting history is shown in the picture above and the House vote is on this page. The asterisk indicates the Senator is a Republican. Also shown is a screenshot from the New York Times that reminds why we are fighting so hard.

Did you know?

House Bill 3 updates the sections of Kentucky law impacted by Judicial ByPass (Federal Law provisions since 1979) making clear that the Court must consider all information, including whether the minor child is a victim of sexual abuse by one or both of her parents, or another individual. This speaks to the issues of rape and incest.

HB3 will not end abortion in Kentucky, but restricts it to 15 weeks and bans mail-order abortions. This Bill reflects the General Assembly’s commitment to Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens. It shows the legislators' dedication in advocating for justice and safe healthcare practices for unborn children and their mothers.

"The scramble late Wednesday to try to block the law was similar to that of 2019, when lawmakers passed a bill to ban abortions after six weeks and then-Gov. Matt Bevin, an anti-abortion Republican, signed it into law the same day.

"That forced EMW, then the state's only abortion provider, to cancel appointments and suspend abortions for a day until the law was blocked by a federal judge. That law remains suspended while the legal challenge is pending." (ibid, C-J)

We know a fight is imminent, but for today, let’s focus on thanking our legislators and celebrating the HB3 victory in the State House!


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by Addia Wuchner, Executive Director, KRTL

Speaking on behalf of Kentucky Right to Life, our Right to Life Chapters across the Commonwealth, and Prolife Kentuckians, I doubt if anyone is surprised by the Governor’s decision to veto House Bill 3. But I am disappointed. The Governor, having served previously as Kentucky Attorney General and the former chief law-enforcement officer and prosecutor for our Commonwealth, knows well the issues of human trafficking, abuse and exploitation of women and girls, which contribute to the very real risks associated with mail-order abortion.

House Bill 3 addresses multiple issues impacting the health of minor girls and women across the Commonwealth. As a result of the FDA’s decision to stop enforcing their longstanding health guidelines for issuing RU486, a two-pill regimen for non-surgical abortions, the in-person meeting with a medical provider, counseling, and ultrasound have been replaced with do-it-yourself at-home abortions via mail order.

Kentucky women deserve better than risky do-it-yourself, mail-order-abortions!

Without an in-person consultation between a pregnant woman or minor girl and a medical professional, not only is it difficult to assess any serious risk factors such as an ectopic pregnancy, pre-existing conditions or the presence of STIs– sexual transmitted infections, but the door is left wide open for vulnerable women and girls to be physically forced into an unwanted or quick decision on abortion.

The Governor states that there is no exception for rape and incest. The issues of rape and incest are extremely sensitive and personal matters, and those harmed by sexual violence often carry a lifetime of scars. Unfortunately, those who oppose any restrictions on abortions often insert rape and incest to undermine the legislation. The fact that statements on HB3 are made about such tragic and life-impacting matters as rape or incest without fully reading the bill, especially Section 1, and understanding the bill, is a political travesty. Section 1 explicitly indicates exceptions for sexual abuse and sexual abuse by the minor girl’s parent.

Kentucky Right to Life has led the State for 50 years advocating for an end to abortion and today remains unwavering in its support for the dignity and sanctity of life, especially the unborn. We advocate for prolife justice, justice for the children and their mothers.

A woman facing an unplanned pregnancy deserves the opportunity to learn about her options other than abortion, and deserves for her reproductive health to be respected rather than thrown down to a mail-order solution for such a serious, life-impacting decision, such as terminating the life of her child.

Please call the Legislative Hotline, 1-800-372-7181, and ask your legislators to please override Gov. Beshear’s VETO of HB3.


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April 4, 2022 | Elizabeth Kuhn, Ky Office of the Attorney General News

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 4, 2022) – Attorney General Daniel Cameron today filed a petition with the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit asking the court to rehear a challenge to Kentucky’s law prohibiting live dismemberment abortions (HB 454). The petition was filed following a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which found that Attorney General Cameron can continue to defend HB 454 on behalf of the Commonwealth.

“In an 8-1 decision, the highest court in our land recognized our ability to defend Kentucky’s law banning live dismemberment abortions, and today we took the first step to continue our defense,” said Attorney General Cameron. “We will fight for as long as it takes to ensure this important law is enforced in Kentucky.”

In 2018, the Kentucky General Assembly passed HB 454, and the law was immediately challenged by a Kentucky abortion clinic. After being sworn into office, Attorney General Cameron defended HB 454 in court on behalf of the Beshear Administration. But when the Beshear Administration decided to stop defending the law, Attorney General Cameron asked to step in. The Sixth Circuit refused the Attorney General’s effort, and Attorney General Cameron took his case to the United States Supreme Court. In March, the court ruled that he can defend the law.

Read more. Read the Petition.


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UPDATED 4-9-22 | 8:30 a.m.

Gov. Beshear vetoes HB3

The VETO Days of the 2022 Regular Session began March 31. Gov. Beshear vetoed HB3 on Friday, April 8. The Courier-Journal reported, "Beshear, in vetoing HB 3, listed what he said are multiple flaws, leading with the fact the bill makes no exemption for those who become pregnant by rape or incest, while at the same time making it harder for girls under 18 to end a pregnancy without notification to both parents." Stay tuned.


UPDATED 3-30-22 | 7:30 a.m.

HB3 heads for Governor's desk!

The Senate passed the Humanity in Healthcare Act on March 29, 29-0, and around 9:30 p.m. last night, the House gave final approval with a vote of 74-19. WATCH FOR MORE NEWS!


UPDATED 3-23-22 | 11:45 a.m.

HB3 passes 8-2 in Senate Health and Welfare Committee

More good news— the Humanity in Healthcare Act now goes to the Senate Floor!


by Addia Wuchner, Executive Director, KRTL

HB3 passes 8-2 in Senate Health and Welfare Committee

Good news for ProLife Kentuckians — House Bill 3, the Humanity In Healthcare Act 2022, has passed the Kentucky House! Now on to the Senate.

On behalf of Kentucky Right to Life and our Chapters across the Commonwealth, our sincere thanks to Rep. Nancy Tate, District 27, for her skill in sponsoring this bill, and to the members of the House ProLife Caucus for their support and votes, and to David Osborne, House Speaker pro tempore, for making the right to life and HB3 a Session priority.

Thank you to all our Yes-for-Life-Kentucky and KRTL members and friends for their presence and support at our March first Rally.

At the Rally, Ky Secretary of State Michael Adams announced that our ProLife Constitutional Amendment is officially slated to be on the General Election ballot as measure #2, on Tuesday, November 8!

Thank you to all the ProLife champions who spoke at our rally, our State Officers and Legislators, and to each of you who helped to make our Kentucky Right to Life/Yes-for-Life Rally Day spectacular! See the video and slideshow.

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by Dave Andrusko, NRLC Communications

By a vote of 8-2, Kentucky’s Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday passed a measure that would lower the maximum age an abortion can be performed from 20 weeks down to 15 weeks.

Amidst criticism that the bill, SB 321, is not necessary, sponsor Sen. Max Wise said passage is important “because it mirrors a Mississippi law that is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court in a challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision establishing abortion as a constitutional right,” reported Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier Journal.  Sen. Wise said, “If the Supreme Court upholds Mississippi’s law, we would have a law in place.”

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Addia Wuchner, executive director of KRTL, testified as a Ky RN, clarifying when a fetus can be seen on ultrasound to recoil from the a painful stimulus. She noted in the Senate hearing that the bill is “another step as we move forward in protecting those who do not have a voice for themselves, Kentucky’s unborn children.”

Watch the full hearing on KET.org. Passionate pleas from abortion supporters were delivered, but the bill was ‘reported favorably’.

Top: Tamara Weider, Ky state director for Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates; Sen. Karen Berg, D-26, one of two ‘no’ votes. Bottom: Addia, Sen. Max Wise, D-16.


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By Dave Andrusko, NRLC Communications | March 3, 2022

The Supreme Court [has] agreed with Kentucky’s Attorney General that he should be allowed to defend “The 2018 Human Rights of the Child Act”.

Kentucky’s H.B. 454 prohibits live dismemberment abortions that “will result in the bodily dismemberment, crushing, or human vivisection of the unborn child” when the unborn child is 11 weeks or older.

“The justices ruled 8-1 in favor of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, the top legal officer in the state, in his appeal of a lower court’s rejection of his request to intervene in the litigation,” wrote Andrew Chung. The lone dissenter was Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The issue before the justices was not the constitutionality of the law. The question, rather, was  whether Cameron would be allowed to intervene to defend HB 454.

Justice Samuel Alito wrote the 38 page opinion.

Background

[The] EMW Women’s Surgical Center [and the ACLU] immediately challenged Kentucky’s law, passed in 2018. As for Cameron’s request to be allowed to defend HB 454, “It argued that Cameron should not be able to take the case further because the state attorney general’s office previously agreed to be bound by the lower court’s final judgment and then did not pursue an appeal,” according to Chung...

Newly elected Cameron appealed to the 6th Circuit which ruled he waited too long. Cameron then appealed to the Supreme Court. Oral arguments were held in October 2021.

Read more.

For more background, see the KRLA Forum Dismemberment-Law-Appeal category.

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Attorney Matt Kuhn, shown center in a gray jacket enjoying the March 1 KRTL Rally, argued the case before SCOTUS.


KRLA Forum
by Addia Wuchner, Executive Director, KRTL

The Humanity in Healthcare Act is a multifaceted ProLife bill compromised of bills filed in previous years by several legislators. Kentucky Right to Life was honored to work over the last year with House members who contributed to the bill and with its sponsor, Representative Nancy Tate, co-chair of the ProLife Caucus.

Thank you to Representatives Tate, Prunty, Beckler, Bentley; Senators Meredith, Mills; and members of the ProLife Caucus for contributions to the Act.

Reflecting on the 2022 Humanity in Healthcare Act and the gift of every child, Representative Tate stated, “God granted all of us, born and unborn, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is not the right of any person to take this gift away from the weakest among us, who cannot protect themselves no matter the circumstances. I am and will always be an advocate for our children.”

Elements of the Act

  • Updates current law concerning parental consent and protection of minors— the judicial bypass guidelines are in place
  • Dignified care for the terminated remains of pregnancy loss
  • Updates reporting requirements for pregnancy termination statistics
  • Requires chemical/medical pregnancy termination health guidelines
  • No taxpayer funding of abortion in Ky

While in Frankfort on February 9th, I had the opportunity to speak with many House members, including Speaker David Osborne, who said the comprehensive ProLife legislation will be assigned as House Bill 3. Typically, priority legislative measures are assigned the first five to 10 bill numbers, so this is great news, ProLife Kentucky!

Please call your Legislators, and ask them to support HB3! The Legislative Hotline number is 1-800-372-7181.

The image is from a slideshow explaining the need for HB3.

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6/24/2022 3:40:46 PM
Beyond monumental! Roe is overturned!
6/15/2022 6:50:16 PM
Kentucky Right to Life is in the news!
6/15/2022 6:09:55 PM
We hope that the abortion narrative is changing, and we want to change hearts as lives are saved.
6/7/2022 12:03:39 PM
Join us in a media blast today!
5/20/2022 7:36:03 PM
Kentucky Right to Life is very pleased to welcome Bob Scott!
5/20/2022 7:29:03 PM
Never a dull moment
5/9/2022 1:04:08 PM
HB3 went gone to court the same week the SCOTUS Roe decision was leaked
4/22/2022 12:23:57 PM
Every bathroom in the Commonwealth is now a potential abortion clinic. A sad day.
4/14/2022 4:30:02 PM
HB3 Veto by Governor Beshear overridden by legislature on April 13, 2022
4/10/2022 7:01:57 PM
Attention pro-lifers! Let's all call our legislators to ask them to override Gov. Beshear's veto of HB3!
4/6/2022 1:57:57 PM
Passed in 2018 and overturned in 2019, the Law has been through many paces! Attorney General Cameron has now asked the Sixth Circuit to rehear the case.
3/23/2022 5:01:38 PM
Annual KRTL Rally coincides with Committee Hearing on HB3 legislative initiative for a perfect pro-life day! On March 29 both Houses passed the bill.
3/11/2022 2:33:31 PM
Addia Wuchner testifies as a Registered Nurse before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the importance of SB321
3/4/2022 6:19:04 PM
National Right to Life reports on Ky News Flash
2/10/2022 4:07:46 PM
The 2022 ProLife Omnibus Bill was filed in the Ky House on February 9.

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