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Chad Meredith (addressing the media), our state’s Chief Deputy General Counsel, argued to retain Transfer Agreements law in Kentucky at the Sixth Circuit Federal Appeals Court on August 8. Background on this case is here.

Many pro-lifers including KRLA staff and members heard the arguments and later participated in a media conference staged by Addia Wuchner, former representative for Ky’s 66th district. Reporters from WDRB-TV, the C-J and others covered the event and LifeNews has reported on it drawing from a story in CourtHouseNews.com.

Listen to the full proceedings from the hearing. As noted by CourtHouseNews, there is no timetable for the decision to be issued. Three judges heard the arguments by Atty. Meredith and attorneys for the EMW Clinic and Planned Parenthood. Two of them, Judges Chad Readler and Joan Larsen are recent appointees of President Trump. Judge Eric Clay was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1997.

Aside: Congratulations to Attorney Meredith who was recently promoted to Solicitor General. Read more.

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Immediately after Kentucky’s HB5 and SB9 bills were signed into law, they were challenged by the ACLU for the EMW clinic. The Bevin Administration has filed a legal brief to defend them. A bulletin states:

FRANKFORT, Ky. (August 3, 2019) — Gov. Matt Bevin continued his fight for the unborn by filing a legal brief in federal court yesterday defending two pro-life laws passed by the 2019 General Assembly, a ban on discriminatory abortions and a ban on abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

EMW Women’s Surgical Center, which performs 3,000 abortions in Kentucky annually, hired the ACLU to sue Kentucky over the constitutionality of HB5 and SB9. HB5 bans abortions based upon the race, sex, or disability of the unborn child. Gov. Bevin’s brief argues that the U.S. Supreme Court has never decided whether an abortion provider can perform discriminatory abortions. The brief provides expert testimony establishing that discriminatory abortions happen in Kentucky, noting nearly one out of every two unborn children with Down syndrome in Kentucky is aborted.

SB9 bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. The brief argues that SB9 promotes the Commonwealth’s interest in protecting human life. Expert testimony from the brief notes that the development of a fetal heartbeat is a significant milestone in the life and growth of an unborn child, which is why a heartbeat bill like SB9 is needed.

Read more.

Read the Brief here.

Background on these legal challenges can be found here.

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bevin_media.jpgOn Thursday, August 1, Gov. Bevin held a media conference in front of the Governor’s Mansion. The topic was the July 31 fundraiser for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beshear that was hosted by EMW clinic owner Dr. Ernest Marshall. KRLA member Schu Montgomery attended and provided photos and narrative for this post:

Governor Matt Bevin emphatically stated that it is “blood money straight up”— the $4,000 contribution given by Dr Ernest Marshall, owner of the Louisville’s EMW abortuary.

“It is the job of the attorney general to defend the laws of the Commonwealth, whether it’s the heartbeat bill or dismemberment or eugenics bills,” Bevin lamented. “This is blood money - using monies from killing Kentuckians to fund a guy whose job it is defend the laws of this state— but refuses to do so.”

Gov. Bevin asserted that the Ernest Marshall’s maxed out on their contribution to Beshear on March 19th during the primary— then four days later the AG removed himself from the lawsuit defending two of the pro-life measures passed by the legislature!

Bevin urged the media to inform the public of this blatant disregard for human life and the peoples’ right to have their laws defended by the Commonwealth’s chief law enforcement officer.

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The Kentucky Legislature has a new caucus: the Commonwealth Caucus (CC). An article in the Northern Kentucky Tribune notes:

A group of junior members of Kentucky’s House of Representatives, representing House districts from across the state, announced the formation of the bi-partisan Commonwealth Caucus. (emphasis added)

Fed up with a broken political process that puts millionaires, billionaires and giant corporations ahead of everyone else, caucus members are committed to prioritizing the needs of everyday Kentuckians, their families, and local communities.

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So far the only other Kentucky media that show up in a Google search for this caucus is Forward Kentucky, a socialist-leaning news and political organization located in Louisville.

Will this new group help the pro-life cause in our state? Are their statements (above quoted) true?

1. Is it really bi-partisan? The CC members are all Democrats. Why, then, is it stated to be bi-partisan? Because they feel they will help all Kentuckians, no matter their party affiliation.

2. Are all Caucus democrats “junior members” of the House of Representatives? You can look at their pictures by clicking the links below and decide if you think they are the youngest ones. Some were elected in 2018 and began to serve in 2019, and some were elected in previous years. Also noted are the margins by which they won their race in 2018— If this won’t encourage Republicans to get out and vote, what will?

  • Cherlynn Stevenson (HD-88-Fayette-part), democrat - won by 48 votes
  • Charles Booker (HD-43-Jefferson-part), democrat - won by large margin
  • Chris Harris (HD-93-Martin, Pike-part), democrat - won by 2567
  • Angie Hatton (HD-94-Letcher, Pike-part), democrat - uncontested
  • Kathy Hinkle (HD-96-Carter, Lawrence), democrat - won by 5 votes
  • Maria Sorolis (HD-48-Jefferson-part), Oldham-part), democrat - won by 326 votes
  • Rob Wiederstein (HD-11-Daviess-part), Henderson-part), democrat - won by 1124 votes

Note: Cherlynn’s District 88 was created following the last U.S. Census under the guidance of House Speaker Greg Stumbo who currently is running for AG.

3. Does Kentucky have a ‘broken political process’ that favors ‘millionaires, billionaires and giant corporations’? It was proven that Kentucky had a flawed political process that favored Democrats. Read more here, here and here. The suit brought against Kentucky by Judicial Watch has been addressed in some measure.

4. Who are Kentucky’s billionaires, etc.? There are numerous millionaires, among them John Yarmuth. The Yarmuth family business, Almost Family, is a ‘giant corporation’ providing senior healthcare services. Many major Kentucky corporations are healthcare providers whose revenues gain from tax-funded sources such as Medicaid. As such, it could be said that those who favor more taxpayer funding for healthcare are the ones helping the giant corporations that are benefiting from the political process. This would include the CC which wants to ensure that every Kentuckian “has real access to affordable, quality healthcare” and wants “investments in public health”. Read CC’s platform values on ForwardKy.com.

The Bevin Administration has shown leadership by encouraging review of the state’s Medicaid budget and program. There is no such thing as “free” healthcare.

Given that CC’s members are all democrats who want to “improve access to voting” (see platform) it is unlikely this new caucus will benefit Kentucky’s pro-life movement.

Improving access to a voting process seems to suggest breaching common sense standards. It may mean finagling the polls and precincts to get more votes for democrats.

The pro-life cause depends on honest, upright elections. Most Kentuckians are pro-life. Be vigilant. Please share this article with friends and associates.


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