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KRLA is committed to lobby for pro-life legislation and to keep members and the public informed about important bills. Earlier this week a special alert was sent to our e-news list to encourage pro-lifers to contact members of the House Committee on
 Elections, Constitutional Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs regarding HB67. A link on the article leads to a list of those committee members and their contact info.

Today we encourage you to show support for HB370, AN ACT relating to the dignified treatment of fetal remains. This Bill currently is with the House Judiciary Committee, whose Republican members with their contact info is here.

You can also call the Legislative Message Line, 1-800-372-7181, to leave a message for your legislators. To find your legislator by county, go here. A list of legislators and their emails is here.

To see the list of bills that help to protect pre-born babies, go here. This week we added two bills relating to pharmacy referrals and services that touch on the issue of the Abortion Pill.

Visit the KRLA Forum Blog to stay updated on legislation currently challenged by the ACLU (et al) and developments in the 2020 Legislative Session.


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Several bills proposing to change how Kentuckians vote have been introduced. Those with heavy support of Democrat representatives and no Republican sponsorship include:
1. EARLY VOTING - HB78 / SB43 - Create a new section of KRS Chapter 117 to allow in-person early voting between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the three Saturdays preceding any primary, regular election, or special election…
2. SAME-DAY VOTING - HB80 / SB119 - Amend KRS 116.025 …to allow a person… to register at the person's precinct of residence on the day of a primary or an election if the person confirms his or her identity, completes the registration form and a required oath…

The dangers of early voting have been widely noted. An example:

Although voters may find early voting convenient, turnout data show that early voting may actually decrease turnout, not increase it. Early voting raises the costs of political campaigns, since expensive get-out-the-vote efforts must be spread out over a longer period of time. There is also no question that when voters cast their ballots weeks before Election Day, they do so without the same access to knowledge about the candidates and the issues as those who vote on Election Day. When there are late-breaking developments in campaigns that could be important to the choices made by voters, those who have voted early cannot change their votes.

Read more.

Other articles are here and here.

Warnings about same-day voting have also been sounded:

“Allowing a voter to both register and vote on Election Day makes it nearly impossible to prevent duplicate votes in different areas or to verify the accuracy of any information provided by a voter”…

Read more.

More on same-day voting dangers.

Let your legislator know what you think about these bills.


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A team of pro-life leaders met in Frankfort last week to perform triage on the bills that have been introduced by our wonderful representatives and senators. Some bills have moved along further than others. Which bill is most important to pass?

HB 67 is sponsored by Rep. Joe Fischer and 30 other House Republicans! The large number of fellow Republicans who have co-sponsored the bill shows it is considered to be IMPORTANT.

This bill would create a new section of the Constitution of Kentucky stating that it does not secure or protect a right to abortion or funding of abortion. This would be accomplished by an amendment to our Constitution. The public would vote to approve this amendment next November if it passes the legislature.

The committee that will hear the arguments is the House Elections, Constitutional  Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. See the Republican members here for their email address, legislative phone number, and twitter handle, if known.

With our strong pro-life constituents who have elected pro-life legislators, now is the time to defend innocent human life through a Constitutional Amendment to ban abortion or any funding of it. If Roe v. Wade is weakened or banned by SCOTUS, this amendment will state our case.

Please take a moment to contact the committee members to hear HB67 and pass it on to the House Floor. Leave a message for your legislators by calling the Legislative Message Line at 1-800-372-7181. Thank you!


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Does the Planned Parenthood clinic on 7th Street in Louisville have Transfer Agreements? Will it really begin doing abortions in March? We will update this post as new facts come to light.


Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier Journal | Published 5:06 p.m. ET Jan. 31, 2020 | Updated 6:11 p.m. ET Jan. 31, 2020

Planned Parenthood now has permission to provide abortions at its clinic in downtown Louisville, making it the second facility in Kentucky to offer the procedure at a time when providers in some states are closing clinics under pressure from anti-abortion laws.

The decision by the administration of Gov. Andy Beshear was hailed by Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky as a victory for women’s health and reproductive rights, saying the decision allows it to provide “a full range of reproductive health care.”

…Planned Parenthood said it plans to begin offering abortions in March.

Unlike EMW, which operates a storefront clinic and is the site of daily sidewalk protests by people opposed to abortion, Planned Parenthood’s clinic is set back off the road with on-site parking surrounded by a privacy fence.

Read more.

Do governors have the right to overrule legislation in the court system that is pending resolution?

The C-J reported in late September 2018 that Judge Stivers (a Fifth District Court judge) ruled in favor of the abortion clinics, and struck down the “state law requiring Kentucky abortion clinics to have written agreements with an ambulance service and hospital for emergencies… ” His ruling was appealed by Gov. Bevin to the Sixth Circuit Appeals Court. THAT IS WHY the article ALSO states:


Deborah Yetter, Louisville Courier Journal | Published 4:12 p.m. ET Sept. 28, 2018 | Updated 6:49 p.m. ET Sept. 28, 2018

The revocation of EMW's license would have made Kentucky the only state without a single abortion provider. Stivers had ordered that EMW could remain open while the legal challenge is pending… (Our emphasis)

What has changed? The TA case has NOT been ruled on by the Sixth Circuit Court. The only new document on PACER that we can find is the Amy Cubbage, Ackerson & Yann, PLLC, motion to withdraw as Counsel for EMW WOMEN’S SURGICAL CENTER, P.S.C., et al., filed 1/30/2020.

Do governors have the right to overrule legislation in the court system that is pending a resolution? And if Daniel Cameron decides to appeal that decision, if unfavorable, to SCOTUS, will Gov. Beshear have any right to grant a license to PP?

C-J article in 2019 reported on Judge Stiver’s challenge to Gov. Bevin to grant PP a license to abort

Last August the Bevin administration was advised to grant a license to Planned Parenthood, as reported in the C-J.


Deborah Yetter and David Harten, Louisville Courier Journal | Published 10:18 p.m. ET Aug. 16, 2019 | Updated 4:33 p.m. ET Aug. 17, 2019

…In a notice to the judge filed Friday, Meredith and lawyer M. Stephen Pitt, Bevin's general counsel, told the judge that the state had denied a license to Planned Parenthood and that he has no authority in the matter.

“Respectfully, this Court has no jurisdiction over the state licensing process," the notice said.

The state's denial comes amid an ongoing dispute over whether Kentucky abortion clinics must have transport and transfer agreements with an ambulance and hospital in the event of a medical emergency, as required by a 1998 state law.

Has Kentucky’s Transfer Agreement law been overturned? When? Does Planned Parenthood now have Transfer Agreements? We are keeping our ear to the ground.

For more background on this controversy, see the blog series on then-AG Beshear's Amicus brief on behalf of the abortion clinics, and the TA page on this site.


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On January 9th, HB224 was introduced by Democrat Mary Lou Marzian to create a right to Assisted Suicide.

Current law, under Kentucky Statute 216.302 (2), states that a person commits a Class D felony when they assist another person to commit or attempt to commit suicide, knowingly and intentionally. This has been a Kentucky law since July 1994, and KRLA worked hard lobbying for it.

The Marzian bill does not require the physician to comply and does not authorize “active euthanasia,” but what exactly does that mean?

With 12 Republicans and only seven Democrats on the Health and Family Services committee, we will be surprised if this bill ever gets to the floor of the House.

It is interesting that there is also a bill, SB42, to require that a national suicide prevention hotline number be printed on a student ID badge (with other crisis numbers).

Though these bills are dissimilar in purpose, it has been proven in studies that persons of any age are more susceptible to suicide when Assisted Suicide Laws are passed. This makes sense. Many people also assume that since abortion is legal, it must be OK.

In our Culture of Death, it is critically important for leaders to stand for Life and lobby against legislation that weakens Respect for Life. Leaders are responsible for setting high standards.

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