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PHOTO CREDITS: 4D Ultrasound of fetal yawning at 30 weeks of pregnancy by Dr. Wolfgang Moroder. Baby yawning by Jeuwre. Human fetus at 10 weeks.

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International norms: MOST European nations do not allow elective abortion (8) or limit it to 15 weeks or earlier (39). In contrast, 0 of 50 U.S. states limit abortion to 15 weeks or earlier. In fact, the USA is among a ‘Group of 7’ nations which do allow late-term abortions. This G7 includes: Canada, China, the Netherlands, North Korea, Singapore, Vietnam and the United States.

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Washington Update: This week Kentucky RTL Executive Director Addia Wuchner joined forces and signed a Collaborative Document, opposing the appointment of Dr. Robert Califf as FDA Commissioner. Sorry to say, his nomination moved forward in a close bipartisan vote on Jan. 14. The following excerpt from an article by Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, details our opposition to this latest Biden administration nominee to an agency of the U.S.

Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP) is set to vote on President Biden’s nominee for Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Robert Califf. Califf is a self-proclaimed ardent believer in data and a renowned figure in biomedical science. The average American would logically assume that such a person could be entrusted to protect the health and safety of our nation. The problem is, Califf, who previously served as FDA commissioner under President Obama from February 2016 to January 2017, has a troubling record of corrupting data to prioritize partisan interests over the health and safety of vulnerable women when it comes to abortion.

Until 2016, the REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies) for chemical abortion required the reporting of severe, life-threatening, and fatal adverse events. Under Califf’s esteemed leadership and direction, this requirement was altered so that only deaths be reported. Following this decision, 75 members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter highlighting concerns and requesting comprehensive metrics on the dangers of the abortion pill, mifepristone. Califf never responded…

Although the FDA’s job is to ensure the efficacy of drugs for all Americans, its safety claims lack any semblance of credibility, as the agency ignores flawed data and fails to strengthen weak reporting requirements. A report published earlier this year on the FDA’s data on deaths and injuries related to the chemical abortion pill, found incomplete data including 500 “uncodable” events. Complete gaps in critical health information are unacceptable, especially for a federal entity trusted with oversight of our “health and safety.” Califf perpetuated this issue during his first stint atop the FDA, and we should not blindly grant him another term.

Many Senators seemingly turned a blind eye during his confirmation hearings last month, as Califf garnered “bipartisan” support from members of the committee. When the topic of chemical abortion was raised, Califf promised the committee that the agency’s decisions would always be grounded in the latest and greatest data.…

All of this does not even consider Califf’s ties to pharma. After leaving his first term as FDA Commissioner in 2017, Califf went to work as a consultant and board member for numerous health industry companies such as Cytokinetics, Bitterroot Bio, Centessa Pharmaceuticals, and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. He possesses millions of dollars’ worth of pharmaceutical company stocks…

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The Ky House of Representatives heard two pro-life Resolutions on January 6, both sponsored by Rep. Nancy Tate.

HR 7 is A RESOLUTION memorializing the forty-ninth anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. This Resolution gives nine reasons why the representatives of the General Assembly resolve to uphold Life in five ways:

  1. Reaffirm respect for the dignity and sanctity of human life.
  2. Recognize that children, whether born or unborn, are the greatest natural resource in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
  3. Speak for, and uphold the rights of, members of our Commonwealth who cannot speak for themselves.
  4. Laud the continued dedication of the Pro-Life Caucus to overturn the decision and to pass legislation to protect all vulnerable members of our society from conception until death.
    And finally,
  5. When the House of Representatives adjourns this day, it does so in remembrance of the countless number of Kentuckians who have been affected by the abominable United States Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade.

You can read the full resolution here.

HR 8 is A RESOLUTION supporting the Hyde Amendment and encouraging its adoption by the United States Congress in its 2022 session.

Thank you, legislators and Nancy!

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NO SURPRISES HERE! On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made “permanent” its April 2021 Covid Pandemic lifting of medical restrictions on RU486 ALLOWING ABORTION PILLS BY MAIL! While we anticipated the FDA’s further expansion of this dangerous Death by Mail distribution of the RU486 chemical abortion protocol, it only affirms the abortion lobby’s disregard for human life. This reaffirms what ProLife advocates have continued to say - that their anti-Iife agenda is also anti-women’s health and safety!

The FDA order removes the longstanding required in-person medical provider protocol for women seeking a chemical abortion (medical-nonsurgical termination of her pregnancy). Thursday’s decision by the FDA allows the combination abortion pills protocol - mifepristone and misoprostol, to be distributed by mail. (During the Covid 19 Pandemic, the FDA had temporarily lifted the in-person medical protocol requirement on mifepristone, the first of the two-drug protocol required to end a pregnancy).

“Sadly, we were anticipating this tragic weakening of Federal safety regulations and further disregard for the health of young girls and women,” said Kentucky Right to Life Executive Director, Addia Wuchner. “Kentucky Right to Life has been conferring for over a year with other prolife groups and medical professionals on this matter. Long before the pandemic, we were acutely aware of this extended overexpansion by the abortion and anti-life lobby and their promotion of dangerous DO-IT-YOURSELF abortions. They view chemical abortion as the future of their industry, as it is cost-effective for them and more difficult to regulate.”

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On Wednesday of this week, Addia, Kentucky State Representative Nancy Tate and Dr. Ingrid Skop presented legislation for the upcoming Legislative Session before the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare. The Humanity in Healthcare Act is multi-provisional legislation prepared for the 2022 General Assembly Session.

An entire section of the bill contains language that would ban mail-order abortions in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The proposed bill requires standardized practice for distribution of this two-pill abortion protocol which includes an in-person meeting with the medical provider, an ultrasound to confirm pregnancy and gestational age, lab work such as testing for RH factor and STD screening, along with information on medical risks for example infection or bleeding, what to expect after taking the medication, when to seek emergency treatment if necessary, and requires a 14-day follow-up visit with her medical provider. It also reaffirms that the women be provided information on abortion bill reversal, currently required by Kentucky law.

In recent months, we have presented an overview of the Humanity in Healthcare Act 2022 before two interim legislative committee hearings and on KET Kentucky Tonight.

Kentucky Right to Life is the oldest statewide ProLife organization serving and advocating for the protection of the unborn child and the most vulnerable in our midst. We are unwaveringly ProWoman and ProWomen’s Health and while we DO NOT advocate or promote abortion. We will not stand silently in the face of risky healthcare measures that hold little regard for the current or future health of Kentucky’s young girls and women.


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Presentations by Rep. Nancy Tate and KRTL's Addia Wuchner were made before the Ky Interim Joint Committee on Health, Welfare & Family Services Hearing on Dec. 15. ObGyn Dr. Ingrid Skop joined the presentation virtually. Those opposed to the Bill also had opportunity to speak. Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and UofL were represented at the hearing. Learn more.


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Addia and State Representative Nancy Tate, a member of the KRTL board of directors. Nancy is the co-chair of the Kentucky House Pro-life Caucus.


It has been amazing and inspiring day. Nancy and I were honored to represent KRTL, the KRTL Chapters and prolife Kentuckians, and stand in solidarity with Attorney General Lynn Fitch as she carried the will of her state's citizens to the U.S. Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson earlier today. Prayers continue for the Justices as they review, consider and deliberate the critical right to life of the human child. For almost 50 years the issue of the life of a child, a baby forming in their mother's womb has been treated like a political football. America, 50 years - enough is enough! Every life is a Gift! - Addia Wuchner

MANY photos and MORE information are on the KRTL Facebook page.

Read the entire transcript here and listen to the argument here.


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Left- Mississippi AG Lynn Fitch addresses the Rally; right- Addia with a group from Concerned Women for America.


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From all of us at KYRTL, Thank You to the amazing groups and individuals who reached out in support of the Dobbs case with Amicus Briefs! Enjoy searching, sorting and reading a synopsis of the 85 briefs here on this website. We’re dedicated! Celebrate the American Pro-life Experience. - Addia Wuchner

Stay tuned for boots-on-the-ground coverage of the case at the Supreme Court this week. #PrayingForDobbs #EmpowerWomenPromoteLife

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UPDATE: November 9, 2021

Pro-life leaders’ message balms the air waves!

As KRTL director, I would like to personally thank Renee Shaw with Kentucky Educational Television, for her media boldness and talent— hosting an all-women panel discussion where passions and politics met. Abortion, ProLife, ProWoman, healthcare; science vs. personal views on when life begins; exploring the risky business of chemical abortion pills and the need for Kentucky to apply safety measures in response to importation of these pills from China- amidst the FDA’s decreasing regulations; the delicate matter of how we treat and care for the remains of the human child in a dignified process vs. being disposed of as medical or pathological waste; and medical conscience legislation. Look for more discussions on the Humanity in Healthcare Act 2022! - Addia Wuchner


ORIGINAL POST:

KET host Renee Shaw has invited Addia Wuchner, R.N., Executive Director-KRTL, State Representative Nancy Tate (D-27), and Katie Glenn, Esq., Government Affairs Counsel for Americans United for Life, to share their ProLife–Pro Woman position on Kentucky Tonight. The discussion will include abortion, the Humanity In Healthcare Act 2022, Yes for Life, the 2022 General Assembly, and more. Please join us to watch this special program!

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From left: Katie Glenn, Addia Wuchner, Nancy Tate, Renee Shaw

Scheduled guests include Tamarri Wieder, Ky State Director of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky; State Representative Attica Scott, a Democrat from Louisville (D-41); and Heather Gatnarek, staff attorney for the ACLU of Kentucky.


The show aired live on Monday, November 8 at 8:00pm EST and 7:00pm CST on KET.


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new location for KRTL134 Breckenridge Lane has been the home of Kentucky Right to Life, Right to Life Educational Foundation of Kentucky, and Right to Life of Louisville for over 40 years. Our history is the ground in which we can see where God has worked with KRTL and speaks to our presence in the community.

The time has come for a change and while change is always difficult and often bittersweet, we honor our past as we move forward to our future. We live with inspiring memories, the creativity of the Spirit, and what God is doing now in this time. ProLife Kentucky Right to Life founder, Margie Montgomery, had a vision of a future where every life is valued, loved, and respected. One generation builds its work upon the foundations of the other, and our faithfulness continues with our ProLife work.

“As we move forward, we are grateful for Margie, her dedication, and her leadership.” - Addia K. Wuchner, Executive Director

Once we get settled, we hope you will join us for an Open House and the Blessing of our new office home. The dates for these two events will be announced.

Volunteers are always needed to help at the office, and many hands make light work of the various tasks here in our new home. Please call 502-895-5959 if you want to help.


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UPDATE on November 3, 2021

Congratulations to ALL Special Election Candidates for your successful campaigns!

We wish you All the Best as you step in to serve your districts and Ky. We look forward to working with Sarge Pollock-HD-51, Timmy Truett-HD-89, and Dr. Donald Douglas-SD-22!


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Elections have consequences AND EVERY VOTE MATTERS! At Kentucky Right to Life, we know how true that is for the most vulnerable among us.

After consideration of the candidates and their responses on our KYRTL PAC Candidate Survey, the PAC endorsed the following candidates in the November 2nd Special Elections:

  • Senate District 22 - seat formerly held by Senator Tom Buford (deceased). South Fayette County, Garrard County, Jessamine County, Mercer County, and Washington County: Dr. Donald Douglas
  • House District 51 -seat formerly held by Representative Bam Carney (deceased). Taylor County and Adair County: Michael Pollack
  • House District 89 -seat formerly held by Representative Robert Goforth (resigned). Jackson County, Laurel County, and Madison County (Berea area): Timothy Truett

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To our friends and voters in the respective counties, we ask you to please join us in supporting these candidates with your vote.


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Promises Made Promises Kept…

Attorney General Cameron vowed from day one to defend the laws of our Commonwealth and he has not wavered in his promise. Over a year ago we stood on the steps of the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he pledged his commitment — to defend, if necessary, HB 454 -The 2018 Human Rights of the Child Act banning live dismemberment abortions, all the way to the US Supreme Court. Today he kept that promise.

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As Kentucky Right to Life Executive Director, it was an honor to stand at the Supreme Court of the United States representing ProLife Kentuckians in support and prayer for General Cameron, Deputy Solicitor Matt Kuhn, and the entire legal team as they defended the “right to intervene” on behalf of Kentucky’s ProLife law that passed by an overwhelming majority of the Members in 2018. I am very proud of my former colleagues, especially the 106 of 138 members who courageously voted to end this particularly gruesome form of abortion that brutally extinguishers the life of an unborn child.

- Addia K. Wuchner, Executive Director, Kentucky Right to Life and former State Representative-Boone Co., Kentucky

See lots more pictures on our Facebook page!

You can read the transcript of the Argument here and listen to the audio here.


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Thank you to all who attended the Oct. 6 Press Conference!

Daniel Cameron and Addia Wuchner

Despite some rain, AG Cameron encouraged pro-lifers with his positive message and answered all the questions of the media. See the slide show and full video here!

We are counting down the days! On October 12 Attorney General Cameron and his team will argue before the U.S. Supreme Court for the right to defend Kentucky’s ProLife Law banning live dismemberment abortions.

KRTL’s Executive Director, Addia Wuchner, was the sponsor of The Human Rights of the UnBorn Child Act - banning live dismemberment along with each member of the 2018 Ky General Assembly who cosponsored and worked to pass HB454. We are grateful to AG Cameron and his team for their commitment to defend the laws of Kentucky extending dignity and respect to the unborn child.

For full background on this case see this page. The Law was originally passed during the Bevin administration, and defended by Gov. Bevin’s administrative team of attorneys. When our new governor entered office, it became impossible to defend the case, since his AG determined to drop it. It had been in the court system since the spring of 2018.

An excellent summary of the legislation history is on AG Cameron’s media statement as well.


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By law the Vital Statistics Branch must publish Ky’s abortion statistics for the calendar year by September 30. The 2020 Report shows an increase of 79 abortions at the EMW clinic over 2019. Planned Parenthood statistics were 368. This year the University of Kentucky healthcare system has been added.

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The report shows that women ages 25-29 had the most abortions; in 2019 it was the 20-24 age group.

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Of the 4,104 abortions in Ky in 2020, 1,418 or 35% were for black women, up 1% from 2019.

Once again, college-educated women led the way in numbers of abortions: 2,199 with 1-4 years of college, and those with 5+ years had three, but the educational level of 22 women was unknown. As well, of the 4,104 total abortions, only one (1) was classified as ‘necessary.’

This is a very troubling report with many statistics that require professional explanation. Please watch for a follow-up article by Addia.


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Across Kentucky, pro-lifers walked for Life this past weekend. Our slides are on this post and on the Walk Event page, too. Overall, our numbers showed that Kentucky right-to-lifers are tuned in.

In Louisville, Students for Life joined with students from Bellarmine University and Boyce College at the Walk for Life. Addia noted: “I can’t say enough about these amazing students. They are a joy to work with, to be in their presence — they are truly a sign of HOPE for the future. Thank you, as I have said many times, You are 25% of the population and 100% of the future!

In Owensboro and Central Ky, Walks took place on Saturday; in Louisville it was Sunday. The rain in Louisville held off until 4 PM, the time the walk was to end!

We are grateful for those who came and to their sponsors for the financial lift to our organizations.Thank you to all!


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“We are initially disappointed with Judge Jennings’ ruling but respectfully thankful that she did not dismiss the case. She noted that summary judgment was not proper and requested more proof of the reasons the buffer zone would hinder the sidewalk ministry. She denied the the request for dismissal by the defendants.” - Addia Wuchner, Executive Director, Kentucky Right to Life.

The Courier-Journal reported:

Sisters for Life “must be given a reasonable opportunity to present material detailing what the practical effects of the 10-foot buffer zone would be on their sidewalk counseling efforts,” wrote District Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings…

It’s also possible, however, the city could reach an agreement with Sisters for Life to delay creating the buffer zone. A previous agreement suspended the implementation while the judge considered motions in the lawsuit.

Kentucky Today reported:

Jennings denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss because of “remaining fact issues” in the case, which included the plaintiff providing “arguments tailored to the actual effect of the Ordinance” and the defendants demonstrating that “less-restrictive alternatives were tried and failed, or that the alternatives were closely examined and ruled out for good reason.”

Stay tuned for further developments.


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by Addia Wuchner, Executive Director, KRTL

Premature death is defined as death occurring before the average age of death in certain populations, such as accidental deaths: falls, drownings, auto accidents, drug overdoses, other.

In 2020, the Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics reported 1,964 overdose deaths. Headlines read, “Drug overdose numbers up 49%” (Fentanyl and Methamphetamines were the biggest contributors.)

Kentucky’s Leading Causes of Death in 2020 were:

  • Cancer Deaths, approx. 10,312
  • Heart Disease Deaths, approx. 10,077
  • *Abortion Deaths, approx. 4,000 (#3 cause of death in Kentucky)
  • Chronic Respiratory Diseases, approx. 3,331

The death of a child is always tragic and heartbreaking. Unintentional injury deaths of children consist mainly of accidents and are, without a doubt, the most preventable deaths for children. The intentional injury deaths of children mainly consist of murder and suicide. In 2019, Kentucky reported 139 suspicious cases of child fatality, or near fatality, due to abuse, neglect, and maltreatment; 85% of the children were under four years old and approximately 40% (77 children) were under 12 months old.

Yet, the #3 cause of death in Kentucky, abortion, is both premature death and intentional injury death — as recognized by those of us who acknowledge the dignity of the smallest and most vulnerable humans in our midst: The preborn child’s death is a profoundly tragic reflection of rejection and violence against a child.

Until there are no more—

Kentucky Right to Life and our Chapters throughout Kentucky will continue to pray, educate, and collaborate with other ProFamily advocates, support pregnancy care and programs, and work with Kentucky senators and representatives to advocate for legislation that protects the human rights of the preborn child and other vulnerable persons in our society.

CHARTS

ABORTIONS BY MONTH

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MONTHLY CUMULATIVE TOTALS

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Acknowledgements:

Thank you to Donna Durning for faithfully providing the onsite abortion reports. Donna has been an unwavering advocate for life outside EMW abortion facility for years, offering hope, love, and prayers on the sidewalk; ministering to women and men as they enter to terminate the life of their child. The chart at left documents Donna’s counts outside of the EMW abortion facility.

ab-procedures.pngAlso, our sincere appreciation to Missy Stone, Executive Director of Reprotection, for her critical statistical and abortion reporting evaluations like this chart.

*Note: Kentucky is unable to adequately capture reporting data of expectant moms who live in close proximity to Tennessee or Ohio and may travel out of state to terminate their pregnancies, so we project this number is actually higher. ALSO: The 2021 figures include the abortions performed by Planned Parenthood in Louisville.



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