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In the midst of COVID19, lockdowns, murders, natural disasters, violent protests, shuttered businesses, unemployment, demonstrations against Senator McConnell and AG Cameron for their roles in facilitating the rule of law— let’s be thankful that:

✓ President Trump plans to nominate a justice to replace RBG on Saturday, 9-26-20.

✓ Christians will hold prayer rallies across the nation on that day.

✓ The Republicans have the votes to confirm the nominee before the November Election.

There is every indication we will have a conservative Supreme Court in 2020. Hallelujah!


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Looking at the 100 Ky House races of 2020, in 35 districts the incumbent was not challenged. Most of the incumbents in Ky’s Nov. Election are Republicans, though Ky has more registered Democrats than Republicans.

With 1,670,789 registered voters in the most current count (8/2020), Democrats are in the cat seat in Kentucky. Republicans come in second with 1,533,095, and the Groups have 313,681. Groups include Libertarian, Independent etc.

A few examples in the western districts, with PAC endorsed candidate bolded: District 1 (Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton, Hickman, McCracken-part) has about 4600 more Democrats than Republicans, but incumbent Steven Rudy (R) had no challenger. District 2 (Graves, McCracken-part) has nearly 4900 more Dems, but incumbent Richard Heath (R) only faces a Libertarian candidate.

Incumbent Randy Bridges (R) in District 3 is running against Democrat Corbin Snardon. Incumbents usually win, but since this district has 6400 more Dems than Reps let’s not take it for granted. Randy lost to a Democrat in 2014.

Incumbent Lynn Bechler (R-D4) is in a 3-way race, outnumbered by Dems.

Mary Imes (R-D5), faces Davis-Roberts, an Emerge-Ky candidate. Recently Ky lost Senate District 26 to an Emerge-Ky candidate.

Chris Freeland (R-D6) is the incumbent but this district has more than 5,000 more Dems than Reps.

Incumbent Walker Thomas (R-D8) faces Pam Dossett— who is endorsed by Planned Parenthood ($$$).

An interesting race is in District 13. D. J. Johnson (R) faces the incumbent Democrat Jim Glenn Jr., who has a pro-abortion voting record. Glenn defeated Johnson in the 2018 race by one point!

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It is interesting to note the number of Republicans in Blue districts. Going back some decades, Democrats elected many conservatives. Heck, U.S. Congressman Larry McDonald (D-Ga, 1970s, ‘80s) served as chairman of the John Birch Society.

Looking at the years 1980 and 1990 in the American Conservative Union (ACU) many Democrats in Congress had as high ACU numbers as Republicans. Even in 2000 about 20 Democrats had mid-range ratings of 40 or above, but by 2010, only six did.

Now in 2020, we see Rep. John DeBerry, a pro-life Democrat Tennessee state representative, running as an independent after he was ousted from the Democratic Party last spring for his views on life and marriage.

Times have changed! Most Kentuckians are pro-life.

But with the changes in how people vote due to COVID, pro-lifers must work hard to get the vote out. EACH pro-life candidate from President Trump to the local council member NEEDS our support.


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It’s great when passionate pro-lifers get excited about political races. It’s fun to enthusiastically support a candidate who could make a positive DIFFERENCE!

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Rhonda Palazzo is the one to watch in the Third U.S. Congressional District which comprises most of Jefferson County. She will face John Yarmuth who has held office since 2007.

Yarmuth is supported by Planned Parenthood and solidly votes pro-abortion, against conscience rights, and for Democratic bills. See his voting record here.

Mr. Yarmuth’s net worth has risen massively over his years in Congress so donating his congressional salary may not be so generous. His family’s business, Almost Family, merged with LHC Group in 2018, a corporation worth $6.35B in 2020 and a recipient of $87.5M from the CARES Act. LHC is recommended on the NASDAQ as a Buy this month, because it is “well poised for growth on the back of a broad range of services… The stock has gained 75.9% compared with the industry’s growth of 18.8% in a year’s time.” Well, the rich do get richer.

Without a doubt Mr. Yarmuth will outspend Rhonda in the General Election. However, she does not believe that money will be the deciding factor for the Third District. She spent $7,092 to win by 130 votes in the Primary against Mike Craven, who spent very much more.

In an interview on YouTube she notes that Michael Bloomberg spent nearly a billion dollars on his three-month presidential campaign but that did not help. Likewise, Republican Vickie Glisson spent $744K to win against Yarmuth in 2018, which was hundreds of thousands more than Harold Bratcher spent in 2016 to unseat him, but Glisson got fewer votes than Bratcher.

“It’s about people, reaching out to people,” says Rhonda. She is seeking an opportunity to prove herself to all the people of the District.

Rhonda is a strong supporter of President Trump, and in particular favors his plan to build a wall on the southern border. She notes that a large reason he wants the wall is to put an end to sex trafficking of children and women. “Over 66,000 children go missing each month in the USA, many who are trafficked across the border.”

Rhonda is endorsed in the KRLA General Election PAC Alert. Learn more about her platform on her website.

She will be a featured speaker at the 2020 Annual Meeting of Louisville Right to Life on October 5th. All members are invited, but please call the office, 502.895.5959 to RSVP so we can plan for COVID safety.


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The Most Likely To Succeed congressional candidates are Republicans in Ky Districts 1, 2, 4 and 5. All are incumbents. The Ballotpedia calls Ky’s Sixth District a ‘battleground race’ even though the Republican is an incumbent. For District 3 see here.

DistrictRegionPro-life RepublicanOpponentsComment
1western KyJames ComerJames Rhodes (D)Comer won by 93K votes in 2018. Heavily Republican District predicted to remain Red.
2west central KyBrett GuthrieHank Linderman (D),
Robert Lee Perry (L),
Lewis Carter (P),
Poet Tribble (U)
Guthrie beat Linderman by about 92,000 votes in 2018. Predicted to win in 2020.
4northern KyThomas MassieAlexandra Owensby (D)Predicted to win again in 2020.
5southeastern KyHal RogersMatthew Ryan Best (D)Rogers beat Democrat Stepp by 126.2K votes in 2018. Predicted to win in 2020.
6central Ky
(includes Lexington)
Andy BarrJosh Hicks (D), Frank Harris (L)Barr won by about 10K votes against Amy McGrath in 2018. Carried the Republican
Primary by about 90% against contenders, but received 63K votes compared with
81K votes received by Josh Hicks in the Democratic Primary. So, if the Democrats are
diligent to vote in the General Election, Barr may have a problem.

Cause for concern?

In Comer’s and Barr’s districts, there are more registered Democrats than registered Republicans. Here are the July 2020 statistics. (The numbers don’t quite add up but are close.)

As shown in the Pdf or Excel file, the categories of registered voters include: Democrat, Republican, Other, Ind, Libert, Green, Const, Reform, and Soc Wk. On the old mainframe computer all voters not registered as Democrat or Republican were classified as ‘Other,’ however, no current registered voter in the new system is classified as ‘Other’ and ‘Ind,’ for example. Each has only one designation as a registered voter. Only Democrats and Republicans are classified as a Party; the rest are called ‘Groups.’

For District 1 there are 40,700 total voters in Groups, which is more than either the Democrat or Republican registered voters.

Districts 2, 3 and 6 have more in the Groups than in Republican, and Districts 4 and 5 have more in Groups than are Democrats. It is unclear how these Groups may affect the General Election. Perhaps these voters will positively affect Barr’s circumstances.

Not voting is not an option for pro-lifers!


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Kentucky has 38 Senate Districts. To maintain a smoother governing process, elections are held for odd, then for even-numbered districts every two years. This year, of the odd-numbered districts, seven are uncontested:

  • District 1 - Jason Howell (R)
  • District 15 - Rick Girdler (R)
  • District 19 - Morgan McGarvey (D)
  • District 25 - Robert Stivers (R)
  • District 33 - Gerald Neal (D)
  • District 35 - Denise Harper Angel (D)
  • District 37 - David Yates (D)

Of the remaining 12 races,

  • 3 pro-life incumbents face Libertarian and Independent candidates
  • 5 pro-life incumbents face Democrat challengers
  • 3 new Republican candidates face Democrats and others, and
  • 1 Democrat faces an unaffiliated, write-in candidate

Of the active campaigners who are pro-life, it’s likely that those facing Democrats will need the most turnout to win their race. That said, we should not take any race for granted. The 28,433 votes for the Libertarian candidate sank Gov. Bevin’s boat. So, let’s make plain exactly what the Libertarian party stands for:

The right to life— “We support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others…”
On abortion— “Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.”

Here are the districts and the Republican incumbents facing a Libertarian:

DistrictCountiesPro-lifeLibertarianIndependent, Write-in
3Christian, Logan, ToddWhitney Westerfield (R)Amanda Billings 
5Breckinridge, Edmonson, Grayson, Hart, LaRue, MeadeStephen Meredith (R)Guy MillerJohn Whipple
27Bourbon, Fleming, Harrison, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Robertson, RowanStephen West (R)Bryan ShortGene Detherage

It is hard to imagine that the incomparable Westerfield, Meredith or West could lose to these contenders, but there are many ways a race can be snagged, so let’s get out the vote for these fine Senators!

In reading the websites of the Libertarian and Democrat opponents of the pro-life incumbents, a central theme is that the incumbent is out of touch with the district. He does not understand that his constituents are struggling to make ends meet and cannot afford health care and other basics. The incumbent is accused of hobnobbing with lobbyists while ignoring the promises to teachers and school districts, etc., and he is not even sensitive to COVID-19 rules. Promises are made to fix everything by the superior methods and philosophies of the contenders.

Disinformation is promoted. For example, stunted views on the pro-life candidate’s legislative work and perspectives are presented. For that reason, the name of each in the below table is linked to the page on the legislature website that lists their 2020 record of sponsored bills.

One opponent pictures himself with Allison Lundergan Grimes, which seems a bad idea but perhaps proves that, no matter what, many Democrats will never change their vote. Of the counties in these Districts, 10 have more registered Republicans and 5 have more Democrats, but some counts are very close. For the below Democrat candidates, we saw no pro-life sentiment expressed on their campaign sites.

Now for a look at the five pro-life incumbents who are facing Democrat opponents:

DistrictCountiesRepublicanDemocrat
9Allen, Barren, Green, Metcalfe, Monroe, SimpsonDavid GivensBrian Pedigo
11BooneJohn SchickelJames Fiorello
17Grant, Kenton (Part), ScottDamon ThayerJason Stroude
23Kenton (Part)Chris McDanielRyan Olexia
31Elliott, Lawrence, Martin, Morgan, PikePhillip WheelerGlenn Hammond

Mr. Wheeler won a special election in March 2019 flipping his District to Republican after 50 years. His race will be hard with 17K more Democrats than Republicans in these counties.

Finally, let’s look at the three new Republican candidates on the General Election ballots and their opposition:

DistrictCountiesRepublicanDemocratIndependent
7Anderson, Franklin, Gallatin, Owen, WoodfordAdrienne SouthworthJoe GravissKen Carroll
21Bath, Estill, Jackson, Laurel, Menifee, PowellBrandon StormWalter Trebolo 
29Floyd, Harlan, Knott, LetcherJohnnie L. TurnerJohnny R. Turner 

You will find out more about these candidates in the KRLA PAC Voter Guide. We can say that Republican Johnnie Turner easily won his Republican primary in Eastern Kentucky and has previously served in the Ky House of Representatives.

Storm was a KRLA PAC recommended candidate in the Primary. His opponent, Trebolo, states that he is “very pro-life”.

Joe Graviss currently serves in the Ky House D-56 (Fayette (Part), Franklin (Part), Woodford), having defeated his Republican opponent in 2018 by a sizable margin, and has been endorsed by retiring Senator Julian Carroll. He voted in favor of the Born Alive (SB 9) Bill but we do not know his full outlook on pro-life issues.


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Not long ago Kentuckians stood firmly against Early Voting, Mail-in Voting and other unconstitutional methods. But in the midst of COVID regulations, we have accepted these practices.

Ky’s mail-in “absentee” ballots must be requested, and this is safer than simply mailing ballots to all registered voters as some states do. Our Secretary of State (SOS) Michael Adams also requires that mail-in ballots be properly completed and that signatures match those on file with the state (for drivers license, etc). Nevertheless, many say that early and mail-in voting are detrimental to elections.

On July 28 our SOS reported to an Interim Joint Committee on State Government, televised on KET. He answered questions and heard comments about early voting and more. He stated that up to this year, Ky's elections cost about $8-10 million, and that it is not affordable to require absentee ballots for all Kentuckians. Ky has 3.4+ million registered voters and many will request to vote in the November. Return postage must be provided to avoid law suits. About two-thirds of Ky’s annual budget for 2020 elections was spent for the Primary. More money is needed.

damon-thayer.jpgSen. Damon Thayer (R-17-Grant, Kenton (Part), Scott) spoke up and thanked the members present who had voted for the bill which passed during the General Assembly that required any changes to the election process to have the agreement of both the SOS and the Governor. He noted that Gov. Beshear vetoed that bill, proving he wanted to control the election process. The legislators overrode his veto so that the SOS has input to the process (hence, the committee hearing).

Addressing the SOS, Thayer continued: (very slightly modified for brevity)

I appreciate the system you came up with for the Primary Election … But voting three weeks in advance is not something we should do on a regular basis.

Everyone in this room has run elections; the information shared with the voters is meant to peak on election day.

Had June 23 been a regular election, then Representative Charles Booker would be the democratic nominee for U.S. Senate today.

Early voting does not account for insurgent candidacies. It does not account for national or local events like occurred the last three to four weeks before the election that ultimately affected how democrats voted in the Primary.

It was clear that the only reason Amy McGrath won the nomination was that there were huge numbers of absentee ballots cast for her before people even knew who Representative Charles Booker was. (Ed: the final vote count between McGrath and Booker was 247,037 to 231,888.)

I had a lot of Democrats tell me they wish they could have had their ballots back so they could have voted for Representative Booker.

Early voting shows no favor to underfunded or less well-known candidates, and I thought the Booker-McGrath race backed up my point, so I hope we’re not voting for three weeks before the election (as in the Primary) …

I’m glad to hear we will have more polling locations than in June … I voted in person and I will vote in person on November third … I understand we have to have a somewhat different situation than normal, but I hope it’s different than what we had in June.

Others in the meeting expressed support for Early Voting and Mail-in Voting. To hear the entire broadcast, go here. Express your views to your legislators!

COVID has been credited for the significant changes and huge additional expense for elections in Ky., but on Aug. 26 the CDC reported: “The vast majority of Americans officially recorded as dying from COVID-19 also had other factors contributing to their deaths… For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned… For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death, such as pneumonia, respiratory failure, diabetes, or heart disease.” This news was reported on many internet sites and needs to be broadly shared even though it is too late to affect the November election.

Let’s all vote pro-life, and drain the swamp, not the Treasury!


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Explaining the Republican loss of Senate District 26 boils down to a few questions:

  1. Why did Ernie Harris wait so late to announce he would retire from the Ky. Senate?
  2. Was it absolutely necessary to hold the Special Election as part of the 2020 Primary Election? Who made the decision and why?

Though other factors could be analyzed, those seem to be the main ones to explore.

Some background on the race

Sen. Harris was first elected in Nov. 1994 with strong support from Right to Life. Registered Democrats outnumbered registered Republicans 4-1 in the region which at that time included seven more counties. Senate District 26 now comprises Oldham Co, and 44 precincts in NE Jefferson Co.

The Republican candidate, Bill Ferko, a successful business owner and an exemplary conservative in his life’s activities over many years, is the very sort of person Republicans love to vote for. He worked hard and invested his own money to gain more exposure through media advertising. He received contributions from some PACs. We were so fortunate he stepped up to the plate!

The Democrat candidate, Dr. Karen Berg, had run a good race in 2018 against Ernie Harris. She was a graduate of EmergeKentucky, a left-leaning nonprofit that trains Democrat women to win political campaigns, so she had a network of volunteers on board. Contributions from Democrats such as Rep. Mary Lou Marzian show us that Berg is not likely to vote pro-life.

Some factors to consider

The COVID19 virus changed the election in many ways.

1. On March 16 SOS Adams announced that the date for the Primary would move from May 19 to June 23. The deadline to register to vote was moved up to May 26. With 354,563 registered Democrats in Jefferson Co. as of mid-July 2020 and 353,932 as of mid-May 2020, the Dems gained 631 voters for the Primary. The Republicans lost 311 voters since 199,986 were registered in mid-May and 199,675 in mid-July. It’s hard to say how this occurred. We have not taken the time to evaluate whether this affected the Ferko precincts but will assume some effect.

2. On May 14 the media reported that Jefferson Co. would have only one polling location, the Ky. Expo Center, that would be overseen by the National Guard. For a person in NE Jefferson Co., it could take a half hour or more to reach the Expo Center. Also, the prospect of military oversight may have provoked many to request an absentee ballot.

However, it was acknowledged by the SOS that the goal of the USPS was not to lose more than about 4% of the ballots, and in the end, about 5% of voters did not complete the ballot accurately, disqualifying their vote. Whether any of these were in D26 is unknown.

3. Insiders said that the McGrath-Booker hysteria brought in loads more Democrat voters, pushing up the numbers.

4. Perhaps Republicans generally did not realize that the Senate Special Election was to determine the candidate who would serve through 2022. There would be no chance to cast a vote for Ferko in November.

In Jefferson Co., for the 44 precincts in D26, Berg got 15,033 votes, and Ferko got 7,604. In Oldham Co., of 38 precincts, Ferko got 11,101 votes and Berg got 9,738.

In 2018, of 57,227 votes cast, Harris got 29,625, Berg got 26,524, a difference of 3,101. (The Independent got 1,078.) In the June 2020 Primary, the total votes were 43,534, with 58 cast for the Independent. That means 13,693 fewer people voted in 2020 than in the 2018 General Election for this race. Ferko got a total of 18,705 and Berg, a total of 24,771.

Yes, 6,066 votes is a significant difference, however, for a Primary, it was a good turnout. COVID19 affected the outcome, but was not the largest factor. Mr. Ferko could have gained far more support with more lead time.

Sen. Harris announced he would step down in early April. His announcement was reported in The Oldham Era newspaper online on Friday, April 10. He stated, “My career is about to end, it’s been a good career and it’s time to move on,” He felt he had achieved his goal to get funds for widening I-71, and wanted to spend time with his family. He said his decision to retire was already made back in 2018 when he ran for reelection. He said he knew that would be his last election and was actively considering retiring midway between his term.

But who else knew this?

The article noted that a special election to fill Harris’ seat would be held on June 23; the Republican and Democrat executive committees for Oldham and Jefferson counties would make the decision on who to put forward as candidates. We wonder, was it absolutely necessary to cram the race into the Primary?

Had the Primary taken place May 19 as originally scheduled, this would have left about a month for the candidates to campaign. Even TWO MONTHS was not enough for Mr. Ferko. Berg already had name recognition and an easy path forward.

Perhaps this article can encourage pro-life legislators to carefully consider their retirement decisions.


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National Right to Life | nrlc.org | September 2, 2020

mitch-m.jpgRadical pro-abortion Democrats are eager to defeat pro-life Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and take back the U.S. Senate. They are only a few seats away! If that were to happen, they would advance an agenda of abortion on demand and taxpayer funding of abortion. And they would be in a position to determine the fates of judicial nominees, including potential nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court.

It may all come down to Kentucky!

Mitch McConnell is pro-life. He opposes abortion on demand and supports protection for unborn children. Mitch McConnell has been instrumental in advancing pro-life legislation, including the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Mitch McConnell voted against taxpayer funding for abortion, and he voted against taxpayer funding of abortion providers.

By contrast, his opponent, Amy McGrath, supports a policy of abortion on demand, which allows abortion for any reason. McGrath opposes legislation to protect unborn children at 20 weeks, a point by which the unborn child is capable of experiencing great pain when being killed by dismemberment or other late abortion methods.

For more information on where the candidates stand, please see this comparison flyer.

National Democrats are spending BIG in Kentucky. We need to fight back! We would like to inform and turn out as many pro-life voters as we can. But we cannot go toe-to-toe with pro-abortion forces without your help. Please consider a donation to National Right to Life.


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UPDATE: 8-31-2020 | AG Cameron continues to actively pursue litigation. More

appeals-court-graphic-sm.pngIn late June we reported on the Supreme Court decision that ruled against Louisiana’s 2014 ‘Unsafe Abortion Protection Act’, the June v. Russo case.

Pro-lifers had hoped SCOTUS would require abortion clinic doctors to have admitting privileges with nearby hospitals. Instead, the Justices’ decision has caused a wave of motions by ACLU and/or abortion clinic attorneys across the country, asking courts to recognize the SCOTUS decision as pertinent to litigation or laws that are related.

To counter this aggressive effort, AG Cameron stepped forward to request that the Sixth Circuit grant his motion to defend Kentucky’s Transfer Agreement Law from Legal Challenge by ACLU, Planned Parenthood and the EMW. It was granted. This case was begun in the Bevin administration so it was necessary to update those involved.

The Appeals Court heard arguments in the case last August. We suspected it was waiting to hear what SCOTUS would say about the Louisiana case before issuing a ruling.

We remain hopeful to see our Transfer Agreement law upheld. As mentioned in previous posts, of the judges on the panel, two were appointed by President Trump. They seemed genuinely interested during the oral arguments, and even suggested good reasons for transfer agreements!

Also, of six states that require TAs with hospitals, two are in the jurisdiction of the Sixth Circuit Appeals Court. The six states are: Florida, NC, Penn., Wisconsin, Mich. and Ohio, with the last two being part of the Sixth Circuit along with Ky. and Tenn.

The ramifications of the June v. Russo case are many. The Guttmacher Institute, a policy arm of abortion supporters, provided a view to how it could affect the national “targeted regulation of abortion providers.”

It is strange that their chart that delineates which states have Transfer Agreements marks Kentucky’s Law as “permanently enjoined.” Of course, it is NOT. It awaits the decision of the Sixth Circuit Appeals Court.

Blog series on this website presenting various aspects of this topic include the Amici series and the License to Abort series. Use the Google search window at the top to search by words or phrases.


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We have never been more challenged to keep up with news and events, and to determine the best way to react and show leadership. In part we will address this through sending out our e-news weekly starting in September through early November, and if you are not on our list, please sign up now. We will keep you apprised of important updates affecting pro-life activism in these unusual days of national and state political distress.

We receive media requests to quickly respond to developments in pro-life issues, and the news cycle is accelerating. An example may be seen in a recent Courier-Journal article. Margie Montgomery was asked to weigh in on the Buffer Zone ordinance (see previous post). We are in the office daily to field calls and requests for information, and the stream of activity is never-ending.

Donors have given generously to the Educational Foundation, but our funds for operations are down. We are humbled by the sacrificial giving of all donors, and ask our members and supporters to keep us in mind for our September Walk for Life. This is our major annual fundraiser that enables us to keep the lights on and do our work, both for Louisville RTL and KRLA.

The State Fair and Golf Outing have been cancelled this year due to the virus, and we have not been able to participate in other events. At this time we do not anticipate a State Conference but will instead focus efforts on the Election.

We are are concerned to do whatever we can to help Kentucky run a clean General Election and to help elect pro-lifers. Kentucky is among Ballotpedia’s “22 battleground chambers in 17 states out of the 86 chambers holding regularly-scheduled elections in 2020… that will be more competitive overall and have the potential to see major shifts in party control.” Watch for specific news about District candidates and races.

As noted, donors have generously given to the Education Foundation, enabling three media campaigns. The first was organized by Louisville board president emeritus Jack Ratterman. It began in June and has resumed this month on WHAS Radio.

The second is an Internet Click Ad campaign coordinated by Louisville board member Schu Montgomery. The theme of this outreach is: Life is not just for the perfect, privileged and planned. We hope it will strike a chord in the hearts of people who realize that our society is on a course to cold, calculated birth and death, with abortion, eugenics and euthanasia promoted by the mainstream media as well as certain medical associations without scruples. When the ads are clicked they go to a special website page.

The third campaign will start in the Autumn and feature very large “mobile” ads on TARC buses in Metro Louisville. This project was spearheaded by Louisville board member Dawn Heuglin and the Celebration of Life Banquet committee, working with the keynote speaker, Mike Fichter, to ask for funding. We are excited about all these campaigns! Our sincere thanks to all these RTL board members and the donors!

To hear or see all ads, visit the Educational Foundation Special Projects page.


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Updated August 21, 9 AM

C-J reports NO BUFFER ZONE!

The Louisville Metro Council on Thursday rejected an ordinance that would have allowed health care facilities, including abortion clinics, to create a buffer zone outside the entrances to their facilities.

The legislation, proposed this year after years of advocacy work by activists including the Kentucky Health Justice Network, failed in a 12-13 vote after lengthy discussion that at times verged into the ethics of abortion.

All seven Republicans — council members Kevin Kramer, R-11th; Scott Reed, R-16th; Parker; Anthony Piagentini, R-19th; Stuart Benson, R-20th; Robin Engel, R-21st; and James Peden, R-23rd — voted against the ordinance.

They were joined by six Democrats: Pat Mulvihill, D-10th; Rick Blackwell, D-12th; Mark Fox, D-13th; Cindi Fowler, D-14th; Madonna Flood, D-24th; and David Yates, D-25th.

TIME NOW to SAY THANKS! See email link for Council members below.


Updated August 19, 2:30 PM

FULL METRO COUNCIL VOTE ON BUFFER ZONE AUGUST 20

Many in the community have objected— Read the ordinance.

A long-time member of RTL shared the letter that he sent to the Council members. As he notes, “The resolution cites the COVID pandemic as a reason for its passage. Putting aside the fact that most of the protesters wear masks since COVID, isn’t it interesting how no council member has suggested that other protests observe a similar buffer zone for public safety. It seems that one group’s right to protest is deemed safe and another group’s protest must have a buffer.”

Email the council members. View the agenda.


Updated August 14, 2020 7AM

Buffer Zone ordinance advances to full council

The Courier-Journal reported late Thursday that the Buffer Zone ordinance moved out of committee:

Legislation that would allow health care facilities, including abortion clinics, to create "buffer zones" outside their entrances to preserve access to services is one step closer to reality.

The Louisville Metro Council’s Community Affairs, Health and Education Committee voted 4-2 along partisan lines Wednesday to send the ordinance to the full Metro Council for its consideration, after more than two hours of discussion.

The legislation, which has been called for by advocates for several years, was made more urgent by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to sponsors who spoke at Wednesday's committee meeting.

Councilwoman Jessica Green, D-1st District, said the ordinance shouldn't be a debate about abortion because it is legal and “makes sense right now” because it has become a safety and public health issue.


The buffer zone (BZ) is back in the news. Nationally, it has steadily been debated and adjudicated for decades.

In June of 2014 the Supreme Court determined for Massachusetts that an abortion clinic buffer zone of 35-feet would violate the First Amendment. At that time Chief Justice Roberts said, “Such areas occupy a ‘special position in terms of First Amendment protec­tion’ because of their historic role as sites for discussion and debate…”

But in early July (2020) SCOTUS declined to review an appeal on behalf of Colorado pro-lifers regarding a 2000 decision that upheld an 8-foot ‘bubble zone’ around people near an entrance to a clinic. This means that clinic access laws in Chicago and Harrisburg, Penn., will not be challenged as pro-lifers had hoped. The Chicago ordinance requires an 8-foot bubble zone around people within 50 feet of a clinic entrance and restricts specified types of free speech— protesting and counseling. The Harrisburg ordinance sets a 20-foot buffer zone.

In Louisville, the issue took front and center in the spring of 2017. KRLA reported on a Louisville Metro Council (LMC) meeting where the BZ was proposed and discussed on June 14, 2017. The photo shows some sidewalk counselors who attended the meeting, and their small sign relates the best reasons not to have a BZ: Free speech and Women have Right to Know.

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Last January Councilman Robin Engle warned the peaceful protestors at the Louisville Rally for Life held on the Metro Hall steps, that LMC and BZ supporters were discussing a new effort. Robin said in response to the C-J story that followed, “I don’t know the distance being discussed in the version of the ordinance being proposed by abortion advocates. The Council tried to establish limits like this on free speech (in 2017), and there really isn’t much difference between 10, 20 and 50 feet.”

Fast-forward to August 2020: We are now being advised by the LMC that a 12-foot BZ is needed by ALL health clinics, double the six-foot “guidance” for COVID safety. The new ordinance, filed August 3, states: The Dept. of Public Works “shall, at the request of any healthcare facility, paint or lay on the public way or sidewalk easily distinguishable demarcation lines marking the buffer zone and post such zone with signage stating: ‘Healthcare facility: No standing or obstructions within this zone’ and citing this ordinance.”

The LMC Community Affairs, Health and Education Committee agenda states they will discuss the BZ at their August 12 meeting at 1:30 PM.

Louisville residents can find their Council representatives here. Email addresses are here. Address correspondence to: Louisville Metro Council, 601 West Jefferson St., Louisville, Ky. 40202. Look for Louisville Safety Zone on Facebook and Twitter to view the community activism.

The COVID-19 virus is cited in the ordinance as a reason for the BZ:
WHEREAS, as of July 16, 2020, over 3,483,832 individuals in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with 21,083 of those cases being Kentucky citizens;
WHEREAS, as of July 16, 2020, over 136,938 individuals in the United States have died from COVID-19, with 650 of those deaths being Kentucky citizens;

This means that of 326.7 million people in the U.S., one percent have or had the virus and .04% have died. As well, there are many stories in the media stating that numerous deaths are attributed to COVID among those who had other debilitating conditions.

Is this another instance of COVID-engineered societal lockdown?


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We read or witness the continual disparaging of our duly-elected pro-life President every day.

To help counter this trend, on Friday, July 31, KRLA issued a media release restating our endorsement of President Trump. Read it here.

Mail-in voting update

Last week, Secretary of State Adams stated that he is considering scaling back mail-in voting eligibility for the general election this fall. Gov. Beshear disapproved of this. He was quoted as saying that with the pandemic “more dangerous now than it was during the primary election,” Kentucky should continue no-excuse absentee voting this fall.

SOS Adams noted that Kentucky handled increased mail-in voting effectively and without fraud in the primary, but he is “dubious” that the same model can be fully replicated in the fall with significantly higher turnout.

“It’s not obvious that our county clerks or the post office can manage a 250% increase in absentee ballots,” Adams said. “That is based on feedback from state and local election officials from both major parties. They and I are concerned that going from 750,000 absentee ballots to 1.875 million absentee ballots, or more, would overload and crash our system.”

Read more.

An important announcement is on the KRLA PAC page. Let’s all get involved in helping to elect pro-life candidates!

A somewhat troubling discussion about the General Election prospects may be heard on the July 28 KET video covering state government and legislators’ questions on this issue. SOS Adams begins speaking at about 33 minutes.

Every day we hear news that breaks pro-life hearts. We read stories about COVID ‘necessitating’ Telemedicine and at-home procedures that could result in extreme trauma and even death for women; about decisions in our courts that favor abortion clinics, and demands made by legislators to force taxpayers to pay for abortion, related health insurance, research on aborted fetuses, and to fund abortion worldwide.

The next three months are sure to break all records for bad behavior by politicians, and we can only encourage prayer as the way forward.


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chad_meredith.jpgRecently the Beshear administration called for release of Gov. Bevin’s pardon files. These would include records relating to both pardons and commutations by Gov. Bevin that are under Solicitor General Chad Meredith’s oversight.

KRLA has been very impressed with Attorney Meredith’s abilities. He represented Kentuckians in numerous legal cases brought against the pro-life laws passed by our General Assembly during the Bevin administration.

The Courier-Journal reported on July 23 that Holly Johnson, Beshear Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary, asked the Fayette Circuit Court to order Meredith to turn over public records which he had declined to do in response to an open records request in May and a subpoena in June. Though he provided some records related to the investigation into alleged mismanagement of government funds, he did not release documents related to pardons by asserting that ‘attorney-client and work-product privileges’ prevented him from doing so.

We are sure that Attorney Meredith knows the difference between emails that are state property and emails and documents that comprise confidential case information.

The C-J article reports:

The Finance Cabinet's motion states that Meredith's justification for withholding the records is incorrect, as the emails and attachments related to Bevin’s pardons were part of his official jobs duties and created on state time with state resources.

“In short, they are the property and legal documents of the Commonwealth,” the motion states. “Mr. Meredith’s [sic] does not hold the privilege as to these records, cannot assert the privilege on behalf of the Office of Governor, nor could he do so against the very entity which seeks the production of these documents.”

Read more.

This seems like an ‘appeal to force’ (‘ad baculum’ logical fallacy for you students of the law), as it claims that the state has full rights to any communications, without respect to the legal principle and practice of client-attorney privilege, which is a norm undergirding the entire legal system.

For our pro-life lawsuits, It would mean that any individual, for example, one damaged by an abortion, could not expect her full conversation with a State attorney to be kept confidential, and only portions shared as deemed necessary in a trial. Obviously, a potential breach of confidence could lead to life-damaging public disclosures. What witness would ever volunteer to fully disclose evidences, if attorney-client privilege were not enforced?

To say that attorney-client privilege is nonexistent for state attorneys on state business, and that all state employees’ documents and emails are the property of the state is a disastrous idea, no matter which department, employee or state officer entertains the notion. The debate about ‘open records’ is an active one at this time, but that topic aside, the issue here is attorney-client privilege. That pillar, if removed, could bring the house down.

The same C-J article notes that Atty. Meredith is being considered for a nomination to a federal judgeship in Kentucky’s western district and has the support of Sen. McConnell.

Chad Meredith skillfully defended Kentucky in ACLU / EMW / Planned Parenthood lawsuits brought against the state both in the Fifth District Court and the Sixth Circuit Appeals Court.

The Fifth District Judges who heard the cases for the Ultrasound Law, the Transfer Agreement Law, the Dismemberment Abortion Law, and the Heartbeat and Anti-Eugenics Laws— Judges Hale, McKinley and Stivers— all ruled in favor of the abortion clinics.

The Heartbeat and Anti-Eugenics case hinges on an Appeals Court ruling.


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50 is nifty

A midsummer night’s dream with so many subplots (!) — a masked happening with security detail — a time to mark 50 years of pro-life activism with Derby Pie and other delectables — it was all that! Plus (!) the chance to meet wonderful pro-life legislators, see Daniel Cameron’s beautiful fiancée, win exotic trips and exciting prizes, and get together with the sidewalk counselors, the winners of the KRLA Essay Contest, those who run the crisis pregnancy centers, and the army that leads and protects Right to Life of Louisville — the board members, staff, volunteers, long-time supporters, youth for life, religious community and families. Whew!

Pulling the banquet together this year was “different” but Chairwoman Dawn Heuglin and her committee did it once again, even with virus fears nipping away at the RSVPs. A very special slideshow was produced by Schu Montgomery to commemorate 50 years of Walks, Banquets, Activism and so many memories.

A good description of how the nonprofit has flourished over the years under the leadership of Margie Montgomery was published in a Courier-Journal OpEd on Tuesday, July14, penned by Atty. Bob Heleringer.

Read more. Enjoy the retrospective video! And take a look at Vice President Mike Pence’s congratulations to RTL of Louisville!



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