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Secretary of State Michael G. Adams, legislators and pro-life alliance members met on April 7th at the Capitol. The passage of HB 91 during the 2021 Regular Session was a major accomplishment for Ky’s pro-life future— time for a moment of celebration!
The pro-life alliance partners are (alpha order): Catholic Conference of Kentucky, Commonwealth Policy Center, the Kentucky Baptist Convention, Kentucky’s Family Foundation, Kentucky Right to Life and Sisters for Life.
We now turn to address the challenge of spreading the word to all Ky citizens. There is work ahead to explain and promote the importance of including HB 91 in the Ky Constitution.
Read a wrap-up of the 2021 Legislative Session relating to pro-life issues here.
We are excited about the passage of HB 91! To God be the glory, always.
On behalf of Ky Right to Life, thank you Senate President Robert Stivers, House Speaker David Osborne, and Rep. Joe Fischer for your leadership, and to House and Senate members for your support and passage of HB 91.
We have been especially blessed to work in partnership with our tremendous pro-life and pro-family organizations: Sisters for Life, Family Foundation, the Kentucky Baptist Convention, the Catholic Conference of Kentucky, and the Commonwealth Policy Center.
I am sincerely grateful to the many people across the Commonwealth who responded in prayer and action, reaching out to their legislators to affirm their support for HB91 and their Yes for Life.
Changing Hearts, Saving Lives!
THANK YOU PRO-LIFERS for turning out for the YES for LIFE Rally in Frankfort! Lawmakers spoke, and they and their supporters heard from a coalition of pro-life organizations encouraging passage of HB 91. Rep. Joe Fischer, the bill's sponsor, is shown addressing the group.
HB 91 has been added to the Orders of the Day by the Senate! Stay tuned.
Attorney General Daniel Cameron joined the Rally unexpectedly with a surprise announcement that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear Ky’s appeal regarding Dismemberment Abortion. Read more about this Ky law here.
WHAS, WLKY and WDRB covered the YES for LIFE Rally and the AG’s announcement. More pro-life news was featured online about the passage of Nancy Tate’s HB 155 to allow the use of a “newborn safety device” for anonymous surrendering of a newborn, and of Sen. Ralph Alvarado’s SB 12 to prohibit sales of human organ or tissue and for-profit procurement of eye or cornea tissue.
Please join us at the Capitol on Monday, March 29, at 10:30 AM for a brief rally to encourage the Ky Senate to pass HB 91. This bill is Kentucky’s ProLife Constitutional Amendment which has already passed the House, and the Governor cannot veto it.
In numerous states (see important to know), abortion advocates have sued to overturn pro-life laws, and their respective Supreme Courts have “found” a right to abortion in their state constitution. This technique is how Roe v. Wade became our nation’s case law.
A number of states have passed constitutional amendments to protect their pro-life laws from such court decisions. (example)
Rep. Joe Fischer testified during a Senate committee hearing that HB 91 assures, “No Ky court will be able to fashion an implicit right to abortion from the language in our state constitution: there will be no Roe v. Wade decision in Ky. The regulation or elimination of abortion will be vested in the Ky General Assembly, not in the courts.” (Read more.) HB 91 ensures that it is the lawmakers of Ky who make the laws, not rogue judges.
Greetings Pro-Life Champions! What an amazing evening! As your Executive Director, I could write volumes on the inspirational and joyful spirit that filled the room at Thursday’s 48th Annual Celebration of Life Banquet!
With a year of COVID 19 restrictions, masks and social separation, and even though we employed all current health and COVID guidelines, the joy of a Pro-Life Family Reunion filled the banquet hall and the hearts of everyone in attendance!
So many words of thanks and gratitude go out to everyone who helped to make our Celebration such a blessing!
Our Emcee, Col. Steve Parker, kept the evening on track with his entertaining wit. You realized how blessed we are to call Kentucky home when you listen to the thought-provoking words of Kentucky’s Attorney General, Daniel Cameron. He is relentless in his pursuit of justice and defense of the unborn! Thanks also to Senator Rand Paul, who took time from his extremely intensive Washington D.C. responsibilities to extend a personal Pro-Life message of encouragement to all of us.
Ky Attorney General Daniel Cameron
Congratulations to our 2021 Award recipients
This year’s essay topic was “Why am I pro-life?” We received many thoughtful essays from across the state. Our 2021 contest winners are: Anna Sewell, a Freshman at Highlands Latin School; Marissa Mudd, a Sophomore at Highlands Latin School; and Gabby Browning, a Junior at Notre Dame Academy in Northern Kentucky. Our sincere thanks to the students and our panel of judges who reviewed the essays, which was no small task!
L to r: Marissa, Anna, Cathie Young, RTL of Louisville Board President, Walk for Life chair and Essay chair (too!), and Gabby
RTL Volunteer of the Year: Our recipients Celesta and Rick Arnold are an absolutely amazing couple; both are a living testimony to our mission and are Pro-Life champions. They are responsible for organizing and promoting the annual Pro-Life Mass held at St. Martin of Tours. Together, they helped roll out the Knights of Columbus ultrasound initiative in Kentucky, providing over 12 ultrasound machines to pregnancy resource centers across the Commonwealth.
The Right to Life Educational Foundation of Ky Award went to Kent Ostrander, Executive Director and founder of the Kentucky Family Foundation. The Right to Life Educational Foundation of Kentucky Award is given in recognition of an outstanding individual who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to respect for human life by counteracting abortion, infanticide and euthanasia in the Commonwealth through exceptional educational efforts.)
Each year the Dr. Albert J. Schweitzer Humanitarian of the Year Award recognizes individuals who have exemplified what we at Right to Life have been advocating since our inception — respect for life itself. Our 2021 Humanitarian of the Year made significant contributions, through his public and private life, to advancing a culture of life across the Commonwealth. It was an honor to recognize and award the 2021 Humanitarian of the Year award to the 62nd Governor of Kentucky, and notably the most Pro-Life Governor in the history of our Commonwealth, Matt Bevin.
Then it was time for our 2021 speaker…! For many, our speaker really needed no introduction. Mark Schultz is a platinum-selling Christian recording artist with 10 #1 singles, a Dove award, and multiple Dove award nominations. But Mark’s story is more than album sales and awards. His story is told through his music. His beautifully woven stories in word and song moved our hearts to reflect on how truly precious life is… Mark’s story is one of navigating life not for himself, but for the glory of God. At Kentucky Right to Life, we are already being encouraged to hold a “Yes for Life” concert!
Of course, we shared our exciting announcement regarding our new scholarships to support the “Next Pro-Life Generation”! Beginning this year, The Right to Life Educational Foundation of Kentucky will offer four $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors. Information on these scholarships is available online or by contacting our RTL office at 502.895.5959.
Before ending our evening with prayer, Kentucky Right to Life shared the importance of an extraordinary and historic piece of legislation that we have been working on with our Pro-Life House and Senate. The legislation is HB 91, “Yes for Life”, Kentucky’s Pro-Life Constitutional Amendment!
We hope everyone will join Kentucky Right to Life in collaboration with Pro-Family and Pro-Life organizations from across Kentucky, on the front steps of our capital in Frankfort on Monday, March 29th for the “Yes for Life Vigil & Rally” supporting final passage of HB91!
On Thursday evening as we shared the critical significance of Kentucky’s Pro-Life Constitutional Amendment, we also began our first appeal. Passing such a monumental issue on the ballot will require significant prayer, work and funding.
We are trusting in the Good Lord and the generosity of many hearts as we take on this monumental task of raising a half million dollars… $500,000.00! We will need your help and we hope that you will prayerfully open your hearts and provide generous financial support for this historical and life-impacting challenge God now calls us to “Yes for Life Kentucky!”
Well, I have now penned a chapter or two on that novel I could write about a very special joy-filled evening at the 48th Annual Celebration of Life and the blessing of being called to serve as your Kentucky Right to Life Executive Director. Thank you again, to Dawn & the Celebration Team: Corey, Karen, Michelle and Erica for being so amazing. We thank you Lord for being the voice that calls us and the glue that holds us together!
The greatest cultural challenge is before us. It will reflect the society, state and nation that we leave for our children, or as the framers of our Constitution so beautifully stated in the preamble… for ourselves and our posterity. Those words were written for the people living in 1787, for us today for future generations of unborn Americans.
Angela Minter, Executive Director of Sisters for Life and Addia Wuchner, Executive Director of KRLA
Thank you everyone who joined with us Thursday evening; and for those who couldn’t make it, I look forward to visiting with you soon.
Please keep Kentucky Right to Life, our Affiliates and collaborating Pro-Life organizations in your prayers as we work together on this defining issue of our time, the human rights and the defense of the most vulnerable, the right to life of the unborn child!
God Bless you and be assured of my prayers! Please watch for many more banquet photos, coming soon.
Changing Hearts, Saving Lives!
Hundreds ! of pro-lifers gathered to Celebrate Life at the annual banquet on March 18. Watch for more pictures and coverage of the event soon! The keynoter, Mark Schultz, moved us to tears with his personal message and music about adoption. The RTL Educational Foundation of Ky Award went to Kent Ostrander, Executive Director of The Family Foundation; the Schuhmann A. Montgomery, Sr., Volunteer(s) of the Year Award went to Rick and Celesta Arnold; and the Dr. Albert J. Schweitzer Humanitarian of the Year Award went to Governor Matt Bevin.
Shown in the photos are: Matt and Glenna Bevin; March for Life chairman Jerry Durbin- family table; Stuart Benson-Louisville Metro Council with Dennis Corley- Louisville RTL board; Debbie Brown, Peggy Boone, Lynn Ray- Louisville RTL board and banquet volunteers; and Sen. Ralph Alvarado with wife Dawn.
LASER FOCUS on HB 91
Time is running out. It is the CRITICAL LAST WEEK to pass legislation before Conference Committee Days, Concurrence Days and Veto Days…
Urgent Senate Calls Needed
HB 91, Kentucky’s ProLife Constitutional Amendment— YES, FOR LIFE!, passed the House and is now in the Senate. Please call Ky Senate Leadership today…
SB 83, to prohibit discrimination against medical care providers who decline to perform procedures that violate their conscience. Call your legislator or Senate Leadership.
Urgent House Calls Needed
HB 460, the Omnibus Bill, Combines Many ProLife Bills into One for Ease of Passage. We urge you to call today to voice your support of HB 460. YOUR CALLS HELPED TO GARNER 40+ CO-SPONSORS! (Read more.)
Please CALL FRANKFORT, 1.800.372.7181, or 502.564.8100, and ask for your State Representative and Senator. Ask your senator to advance HB 91 and SB 83 and your representative to advance HB 460 and HB 155. Read more.
Are you a nurse or doctor who is increasingly concerned over the aggressive push to counsel or participate in unconscionable procedures or therapies?
Are you a pro-life citizen who believes healthcare practitioners should have conscience rights?
Sen. Stephen Meredith’s SB Bill 83 that we encourage you to support (See Legislative Alert), to assure conscience rights for medical care providers, was flagged for an amendment by Sen. Morgan McGarvey (D). Why?
He wants to broaden the class of people entitled to object on the basis of religious, moral, ethical, or philosophical beliefs or principles to include LRC staff, leadership staff, security personnel, doorkeepers, state park employees, and state troopers.
However, Sen. Whitney Westerfield has filed a friendly amendment to confine the language in the bill: The exercise of this right shall be limited to conscience-based objections to particular healthcare services.
Sen. McGarvey tried the same tactic last year until the bill finally became “a Christmas Tree” in the lingo of legislators, and died.
AAPLOG explains the stakes for pro-life ObGyns
The American Association of ObGyns held a seminar on Feb. 27 to update members on the current environment for practitioners, and we attended.
Dr. Donna Harrison, an ObGyn and the executive director of AAPLOG, explained that the Equality Act which recently passed the House of Representatives, introduces new demands. If it passes the Senate, it will be signed into law. This will mean that Ky’s conscience rights legislation and other pro-life laws could face new and different court challenges.
The Equality Act uses the exact same terminology as the Final Rule of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) regarding Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities. The OCR in the Obama Administration determined what “discrimination on the basis of sex” means. It ruled that impermissible discrimination includes 1. gender identity, 2. sex stereotyping, and 3. termination of pregnancy.
So, under the Equality Act, refusal to terminate a pregnancy will be considered sex discrimination, a crime. An accusation by a patient will threaten loss of board certification and the job of an offending practitioner.
Every entity that receives federal funding MUST COMPLY, even the doctor who takes a medicaid patient. If a doctor or hospital or pharmacy does not comply, there is a private right of action: The patient who was turned away has the right to sue the entity or person.
“The stakes are very, very high for us as conscientious physicians,” stated Dr. Harrison. She presented information on the Hippocratic Oath, and explained that in a state-controlled utilitarian system:
- Patients whose lives do not increase the net happiness of the society (handicapped, unwanted) are subject to elimination.
- The good physician is one who acts as an agent of the state to implement state-defined health goals. This is a vending-machine model where the provider is viewed as a public utility.
- A good human is one who is free from all social constraints and feels no obligation to family, church or society, but only to the state.
Many other concerning facts were shared by AAPLOG board chair Dr. Christina Francis and others, and AAPLOG intends to stage four more conferences this year. We believe these will be well worth attending.
AAPLOG was begun in 1973 as a group within ACOG, the American College of ObGyns, as that college became radical abortion advocates. ACOG today “calls for advocacy to oppose and overturn restrictions, improve access and mainstream abortion as an integral component of women’s health care.” ACOG defines conscience as “personal sentiment.”
AAPLOG has presented the pro-life stand in all Supreme Court abortion cases.
In the classic painting by Anne-Louis Girodet, Hippocrates is pushing away the gold and the scepter offered to him by Artaxerxes, insisting instead upon the practice of medicine as defined in the Oath. Its essential tenets are:
- To teach medicine only to those who are bound by this Oath
- To act only for the benefit of the patient
- To never assist in suicide or practice euthanasia, nor suggest it
- To never perform an abortion
- To refer to physicians of sufficient expertise
- To never have sex with patients
- To maintain patient confidentiality
An implicit part of the Oath is the invocation of the transcendent blessing or curse, so that patients can assume their doctor will not harm them.
Today, many health care professionals are claiming the right to abandon their patients, particularly those who must make reproductive choices. A practitioner, Dr. Harrison noted, must decide: “Am I going to stand, or am I an agent of the state?”
The AAPLOG conference explained certain helpful legal defenses, its resources and publications, and described its goals and assistance to its 7,000 members. It is non-sectarian and offers evidence-based support for discussions with patients and colleagues. Why not share this article with your ObGyn?
Those who attended came away with a sense of urgency for societal norms that seem to be shifting from the Right of Conscience on which America was founded.
The General Assembly Regular Session Part II convenes today. It is the last day for Bill Requests. Pray for our legislators whose schedules are FULL.
A Ky pro-life bill is being proposed in the current Legislative Session as a way to be sure abortion does not become law in Ky, if and when Roe is overturned. A summary of the bill says: Propose to create a new section of the Constitution of Kentucky to state that Kentucky's Constitution does not secure or protect a right to abortion or funding of abortion. Read more about it here.
KRLA urges all pro-lifers to call the legislative message line, 800-372-7181, and leave a message for your state Senator and Representative, and for Senate and House leadership, asking them to support passage of HB 91, Ky’s Pro-life Constitutional Amendment.
AND ask them to vote YES to Override the veto of HB 2, so that AG Cameron can investigate clinics and prosecute violations.
To keep track of all pro-life and abortion-related bills filed this year in Ky, see Current Initiatives. In addition to Ky’s bills, you can review the 2021 abortion-related bills filed in the U.S. Congress on this page.
Please watch for E-news Alerts this month from KRLA to ask for your support of pro-life bills by contacting your legislators!
A Jan. 11 press conference hosted by KRLA and pro-life advocacy groups celebrated the amazing pro-life work accomplished in Week 1 of the regular session! Watch the press conference here. See and hear Attorney General Daniel Cameron, Senator Whitney Westerfield (shown), Representatives Joe Fischer and Nancy Tate and others.Kentucky General Assembly passes two top priority pro-life bills; these now await the Governor’s signature
Frankfort KY - Protecting Kentucky children and women is paramount. The Kentucky Right to Life Association sincerely appreciates Representative Joe Fischer, Senator Whitney Westerfield, and Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron in their unwavering commitment to ensure healthcare safety and protections for all Kentucky children and women.
We applaud the Kentucky House and Senate Majority Leadership and their Pro-life Caucus Members on an expedient and historic 2021 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly “Week 1”! Two of KRLA’s priority bills have passed both chambers, were signed by Speaker of the House David Osborne and President of the Senate Robert Stivers, and were delivered to the Governor for his signature or not….
HB 2 adds additional health and safety assurances and protection for women seeking to terminate their pregnancy by allowing the Attorney General oversight and to act unencumbered to investigate abortion facilities and take action if violations of the law have occurred.
KRLA is unwaveringly pro-child and pro-woman. We work to ensure that Kentucky women facing the uncertainties of an unplanned pregnancy have the opportunity to be fully informed before giving consent to terminate the life of their child and that the abortion facilities adhere to the highest safety standards of care.
SB 9 supports the “human rights” of any child born alive during an abortion procedure to receive appropriate and ethically responsible medical attention. Additionally, SB9 legally formalizes that any born-alive infant shall be treated as a legal person in Kentucky statutes.
KRLA, our Affiliates and our friends of Life from around the Commonwealth are pleased to support both House Bill 2 and Senate Bill 9.
We are sincerely grateful both of these important pieces of legislation were included in the 2021 “WEEK 1” House and Senate priorities.
We congratulate Rep. Nancy Tate on her new position as co-chair of the Pro-life Caucus, with Sen. Robby Mills. Nancy is a member of the KRLA board of directrors.
Please watch for further updates about our 2021 KRLA Legislative Agenda. Watch the press conference here. On that page you will also find continually updated news on Ky and US pro-life 2021 legislative initiatives.
Tuesday January 5th at noon the Kentucky House and Senate will gavel in the 2021 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly! Membership in both Chambers will take their formal Oaths of Office and the work begins.
Congratulations to the House and Senate leadership teams, Senate President Robert Stivers, House Speaker David Osborne and all General Assembly Members. May God bless your work. Thank you for your commitment to serve the citizens of Kentucky, especially the most vulnerable in our midst.
After the Oath of Office, their official work begins as both Chambers vote or affirm their respective Leaderships, vote to approve the set of rules that they will utilize to guide their governance, and establish Chamber procedures. The work of this historic institution will not be dampened by COVID, but because of the realities of COVID, the House and Senate will adopt rules that allow the members to adapt and fulfill their lawful responsibilities as they serve the citizens of our Commonwealth.
For the duration of the health emergency that has restricted visitors at the State Capitol and Capitol Annex; every one of the General Assembly’s standing committee meetings will be available for online viewing. Kentucky Educational Television (KET) already livestreams Senate and House proceedings as well as many committee meetings. The Legislative Research Commission (LRC) will livestream any committee meetings that aren’t covered by KET. LRC’s livestreams will be available for viewing on YouTube.
A look back and a glance forward
- WON Transfer Agreements Legal Suit at the Appellate Level. Update
- WAIT & SEE if SCOTUS will review the Dismemberment Abortion case
- RETAINED Pro-life Senator McConnell
- NO CHANGE Five pro-life U.S. congressman– and John Yarmuth, 3rd District
- KY SENATE Gained 2 Republicans; 30 of 38 are R seats
- KY HOUSE Gained 9 pro-life Republicans; GOP holds a 75 member super majority
- JANUARY 3 - New U.S. Congress and Ky State Legislators sworn in
- U.S. SENATE MAJORITY Unknown at this time. Watching today’s Georgia election!
- TODAY - Kickoff! The 2021 session of the Ky General Assembly gavels at noon.
- JANUARY 6 - A joint session of Congress will certify the votes from the Electoral College. The final result of the Nov. 3 Presidential Election is not clear at present.
Please keep an eye out for our KRTL Alerts and Updates!
Kentucky Right to Life Association and our Right to Life Education Foundation have been blessed by such amazing loyal supporters, volunteers, and faith-filled friends of Life this past year. While the year was full of trials and challenges, there were so many blessings and beautiful moments as we continued our journey to support the human rights of the preborn child and to uphold LIFE from conception until that natural death.
At KRLA we are looking forward to 2021 in the spirit of hope! While there are some uncertainties before us in this new year, our unity for LIFE is sure. Prolife partners— prayer warriors, charitable benefactors, volunteers, frontline warriors who stand in witnesses on street corners, each and every one of our faithful supporters— we enter 2021 with united hearts inflamed in a ceaseless act of love for the preborn and the vulnerable. There is much work to be done and we will chart toward new horizons in 2021. Be assured of our prayers for you and your families and all our benefactors.
The Kentucky Right to Life Leadership Team, Board Members and Staff
Keep up to date with 2021 pro-life initiatives here.
Part I of the Regular Session of the 2021 Ky General Assembly runs from January 5-8. A large portion of January will be for the purpose of accepting and reviewing drafts of bills.
Part II convenes on Feb. 2. There will be 30 legislative days and the Session ends on March 30.
Let’s be ready to recommend the bills that our pro-life legislators have already filed or will file. Please watch for the KRLA e-news, and sign up to receive it. A link to the signup form is at the top of the KRLA.org home page.
Senator Whitney Westerfield promised last spring to resubmit SB9, the Born Alive bill.
As of yesterday, approximately 210 Bills have been prefiled under BR# (Bill Request). Bills will be official received and filed in their perspective Chambers and receive their official House “HB” and Senate “S” number. Top Priority for the 2021 Session will be to approve another One Year Budget. KRLA has several bills and legislation on our radar and we will communicate their official Bill numbers to you as soon as they are assigned.
- Abortion Pill Reversal
- Political Action
- Transfer Agreement
- Artists for Life
- Pro-life Events
- D&E Abortion
- Planned Parenthood
CURRENT KRLA E-NEWS
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4/8/2021 12:10:42 PMSecretary of State Michael G. Adams joins legislators and pro-life alliance members to celebrate a big win!
3/30/2021 11:42:55 PMIt's a Go for Ky's Constitutional Amendment bill!
3/29/2021 9:00:02 PMKy’s Dismemberment Law enters the spotlight with HB 91 at YES for LIFE Rally
3/24/2021 8:12:05 PMA Ky ProLife Constitutional Amendment? Why?
3/21/2021 5:46:09 PMHeartfelt thanks and exciting announcements from Addia
3/20/2021 2:48:49 PMGathering with old and new friends, celebrating pro-life values and goals
3/2/2021 12:08:40 PMTime once again to contact your legislators!
3/2/2021 12:00:04 PMAttention healthcare practitioners: Are you a utility?
2/2/2021 1:24:39 PMTake action, pro-lifers!
1/11/2021 3:58:26 PMKy General Assembly passes two top priority bills
1/5/2021 12:06:33 PMKentucky Right to Life legislative update
1/5/2021 11:43:36 AMGreetings from the KRLA leadership team, board members and staff
12/1/2020 11:36:45 AMGet ready to contact your legislators!