As HB 5 was signed into law, we celebrated, but we’re a day behind on this one: World Down Syndrome Day was March 21! This video brings the world’s blindness on this issue into focus.
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Gov. Bevin has signed HB 5 into law and filed a response to the ACLU’s legal challenge. In a news release, insights to the dispute are presented:
- House Bill 5, known as the Human Rights of the Unborn Child and Anti-Discrimination Act, was passed by overwhelming majorities in both legislative chambers during the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly.
- Legal counsel for Gov. Bevin, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Adam Meier, has filed a response to a Louisville abortion clinic's motion for a temporary restraining order against HB 5. (See previous post as to why AG Beshear did not file the response.)
- The response argues: “EMW and its abortionists have responded with a novel claim: women have a constitutional right to undergo race-based abortions, gender-based abortions, and disability-based abortions. In [the] plaintiffs' view, somewhere in the Fourteenth Amendment's penumbra lies a secret protection of eugenics. That is a perverse distortion of Roe v. Wade and its progeny."
- A temporary restraining order enjoining House Bill 5 is not warranted. …The Supreme Court’s abortion jurisprudence has historically been framed as the right to decide whether to have a child as opposed to the right to have a child with certain attributes. That crucial distinction is dispositive here. (that is, it requires settlement of this dispute).
Read the full response here. Thank you Gov. Bevin and Secy. Meier!
The Kentucky House of Representatives has resolved to thank Gov. Bevin for his stand for life and to honor his legal team. Please take a moment to read these Resolutions, HR218 and HR219. HR218 states: (We added the colors/emphasis to encourage readership of the content!)
A RESOLUTION honoring Governor Matt Bevin's legal team for their tireless work defending life.
WHEREAS, Kentuckians recognize, respect, and revere the sacred value of every human life; and
WHEREAS, for far too long the status quo in Frankfort had been to allow thoughtful and strong pro-life legislation to languish or dissolve into irrelevance due to a lack of passion or support from the Executive Branch of the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, the Attorney General has repeatedly refused to defend the pro-life laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, but has repeatedly written memos to discourage the General Assembly from passing such legislation, and has sided with pro-abortion groups such as the ACLU over the will of Kentucky's citizens; and
WHEREAS, Governor Bevin’s legal team has accepted the challenge to defend the critically important pro-life legislation passed by the General Assembly and has assumed the duties constitutionally mandated to be performed by the Attorney General; and
WHEREAS, Governor Bevin's legal team consists of only three attorneys who have dedicated a tremendous number of hours to the fight for life, working thousands of hours with no overtime pay; and
WHEREAS, through their dedication, Governor Bevin's legal team has saved the Commonwealth tens of thousands of dollars by not hiring expensive outside law firms;
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of the 21Commonwealth of Kentucky:
Section 1. The members of the House of Representatives hereby pay tribute to the dedicated and tireless work of Governor Bevin's legal team at this pivotal time in the fight for life and in defense of our most innocent citizens, the unborn.
Section 2. The Clerk of the House of Representatives is directed to transmit a copy of this Resolution to Governor Matt Bevin.
HR219 honors our governor:
A RESOLUTION honoring Governor Matt Bevin for his support of pro-life legislation.
… The members of the House of Representatives hereby pay tribute to the dedicated, courageous, and bold leadership of Governor Matt Bevin and his administration at this pivotal time in the fight for life and in defense of our most innocent citizens, the unborn.
Thank You, Kentucky State Legislators and Governor Matt Bevin
The four bills that were introduced by Kentucky’s Pro-life Caucus on January 10 ALL passed the current legislative session. We know our Governor will sign them all!
SB 227, introduced on Feb. 15 to protect Born Alive Infants, did not make it to the finish line. We hope this bill will be re-introduced next year.
How does it feel to live in a pro-life state? Wonderful! What relief we pro-lifers feel (!), knowing that the majority of our legislators have the deepest concern for pre-born babies. Perhaps there are many things in your community and state that you would like to see changed, but at least we do have respect for life. The majority of us are holding firm that our U.S. Constitution means what it says about our Right to Life.
The bills, SB 9, the “heartbeat bill”; SB 50, abortion pill reporting requirements AND the doctor must explain the Abortion Pill Reversal Pill to the client; HB 5, no abortion for discriminatory reasons based on sex, race, color, national origin or disability; and HB 148, to end abortion if and when Roe v. Wade is overturned by SCOTUS— ALL had bipartisan support. That is further proof that Kentucky is, in the main, PRO-LIFE.
Will Kentucky be the first state NOT to have an abortion clinic? There is national speculation about that. With the ACLU challenges to our pro-life laws and bills not yet signed into law, we can’t say.
Currently we have only ONE, the EMW clinic in Louisville. And, Planned Parenthood has a clinic in Louisville with aggressive plans to establish a larger presence.
We can’t rest on our laurels but we can enjoy the moment. Today, we are passionately grateful and taking the day off. (But we are in the office!)
Enjoy the full testimony of Abby Johnson at the Public Protection Committee hearing.
The outlook for passage of pro-life legislation looks good for SB 50 and HB 5. More on this later today or in our e-letter, issued the first and fifteen of each month. Please sign up to receive it by signing in to this website!
Passage of Senate Bill 9, the Heartbeat Bill, is questionable, since an amendment was filed yesterday, March 13, by Rep. Jason Nemes (R) to create exclusion for unborn human individuals with abnormalities that are incompatible with life outside the womb. Will that require lengthy discussion?
Today is the last day of the Legislative Session for concurrence in passing bills; the remaining days are to take up vetoed bills to decide if those should be sustained or repealed.
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