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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 24, 2022) – Kentucky Right to Life Executive Director Addia Wuchner released the following statement today regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:



“Today, our nation rights one of its most terrible wrongs. The prayers of millions of prolife Americans have been answered as our legal system begins to recognize the rights, dignity and humanity of every precious child. Roe was wrong the day it was handed down, and today’s decision sets course for a new generation of life in America.
 

“For 50 years, Kentucky Right to Life has been the face of the Commonwealth’s ProLife Movement as a proud and prayerful witness for humanity in the public square. Our mission continues to be changing hearts and saving lives.



“We rejoice today in this long-awaited victory. But now our work to uphold the cause of life truly begins.


“This November, every Kentucky voter will have the chance to stand up for our prolife values and vote Yes for Life. This ProLife Constitutional Amendment is critical to guaranteeing we don’t fall victim to another tragedy of judicial activism like Roe here in Kentucky. Voting YES on Constitutional Amendment Number Two is our opportunity ensure no judge puts his own politics above the will of the people and invents a right to abortion in our Commonwealth.



“In the coming months, Kentucky Right to Life and our partners in the Yes for Life Alliance will tirelessly engage prolife Kentuckians in every corner of our Commonwealth on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.


“To ensure that today’s celebration isn’t undercut by a judge who doesn’t speak for Kentucky, we need everyone to vote Yes on Constitutional Amendment Number Two. Together, we can officially make Kentucky a bold, prolife state this November.”


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Addia has provided interviews for too many media to count. The news coverage of this SCOTUS decision is global and bigger than 9/11. President Biden has said: “This fall, let’s elect more senators and representatives who will codify a women’s right to choose into law once again.” KRTL says: Vote YES for LIFE and elect pro-life candidates!

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by Addia Wuchner, KRTL Executive Director

With the potential overturn of Roe v Wade in shouting distance, the media is hungry for news and comments. We accommodate all news outlets without bias.

Unfortunately we can’t report that all the news people and platforms are open to our views even while we respond to their questions. This is made clear when they alter our words to fit their official narrative.

For example, we often use the term ‘abortion facility’ but they change it to ‘reproductive healthcare clinic.’ We use the term ‘surgical abortion’ to define abortions that require the use of instruments to crush the heads and and to scrape the body parts of pre-born babies from mothers’ wombs. They use the term ‘abortion procedure.’

In fact, surgical instruments may be required as early as 12 weeks if the fetus’ head will not pass through the birth canal unless crushed. Up to 14 weeks the abortion may be accomplished by suction aspiration, but after that the normal procedure is Dilation and Evacuation, D&E, using curette steel instruments.

The American College of ObGyns (ACOG) has an Abortion Language Guide which directs its members not to use the term ‘Dismemberment Ban’, for example, but instead to say, ‘Dilation and Evacuation Ban.’

Their Guide says doctors should not say ‘womb’ but ‘uterus’; don’t say ‘partial-birth-abortion,’ just say ‘intact dilation & evacuation.’

We use the term ‘chemical’ for abortions that are done by RU486 or abortion pill regimens. They use ‘medical’ to avoid the implication that harsh chemicals are involved. However, you can see in the screenshot below from the National Institute of Health website that harsh chemicals are used.

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In addition to the ACOG Guide, the Associated Press Style Book provides a ‘style book’ for the news media. It’s a conspiracy!

A pro-life author who submits a piece taking a position against abortion will see the words “pro-life” changed to “anti-abortion,” because the AP Stylebook instructs, “Use anti-abortion instead of pro-life and pro-abortion rights instead of pro-abortion or pro-choice.” It goes on, “Avoid abortionist,” saying the term “connotes a person who performs clandestine abortions.”

Roe says VIABILITY is the test for when abortions may be performed. Yet we now have legislators, doctors and states that advise or permit abortion of full-term babies, even those alive outside the womb, that is, VIABLE. How unbelievable!

Thank you pro-lifers for supporting our work during this critical time in Kentucky and in America. KRTL has been bombarded this entire year with more than 40 requests for interviews and statements.

I accommodate these in person, in the office, on zoom, at media locations or wherever— to be sure that our Kentucky Right to Life is front and center on the abortion controversy. I want to bring a thoughtful and caring expression so that we will help to build a culture of life in our morally devastated nation and world. We count on your support for this work.

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From all of us at KYRTL, Thank You to the amazing groups and individuals who reached out in support of the Dobbs case with Amicus Briefs! Enjoy searching, sorting and reading a synopsis of the 85 briefs here on this website. We’re dedicated! Celebrate the American Pro-life Experience. - Addia Wuchner

Stay tuned for boots-on-the-ground coverage of the case at the Supreme Court this week. #PrayingForDobbs #EmpowerWomenPromoteLife

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UPDATE: November 9, 2021

Pro-life leaders’ message balms the air waves!

As KRTL director, I would like to personally thank Renee Shaw with Kentucky Educational Television, for her media boldness and talent— hosting an all-women panel discussion where passions and politics met. Abortion, ProLife, ProWoman, healthcare; science vs. personal views on when life begins; exploring the risky business of chemical abortion pills and the need for Kentucky to apply safety measures in response to importation of these pills from China- amidst the FDA’s decreasing regulations; the delicate matter of how we treat and care for the remains of the human child in a dignified process vs. being disposed of as medical or pathological waste; and medical conscience legislation. Look for more discussions on the Humanity in Healthcare Act 2022! - Addia Wuchner


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KET host Renee Shaw has invited Addia Wuchner, R.N., Executive Director-KRTL, State Representative Nancy Tate (D-27), and Katie Glenn, Esq., Government Affairs Counsel for Americans United for Life, to share their ProLife–Pro Woman position on Kentucky Tonight. The discussion will include abortion, the Humanity In Healthcare Act 2022, Yes for Life, the 2022 General Assembly, and more. Please join us to watch this special program!

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From left: Katie Glenn, Addia Wuchner, Nancy Tate, Renee Shaw

Scheduled guests include Tamarri Wieder, Ky State Director of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky; State Representative Attica Scott, a Democrat from Louisville (D-41); and Heather Gatnarek, staff attorney for the ACLU of Kentucky.


The show aired live on Monday, November 8 at 8:00pm EST and 7:00pm CST on KET.


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One of the most popular pages on the KRLA website is the one that has Abortion Statistics. Addia Wuchner, KRLA executive director, is in the process of updating some features. These will be reported when completed.

The reports on the KRLA website are provided by Donna Durning and a team of sidewalk counselors. They faithfully minister outside the EMW clinic each day it is open for business, counseling any women who will receive a pamphlet or exchange words, and counting the number who enter the clinic.

Their reports note that Kentucky’s 24-hour consent law means that some of the women may visit two or more times for one abortion. However, the EMW website says: “The State of Kentucky requires a face-to-face consent 24 hours before your procedure. This consent can take place in-person at EMW or by video consent via your computer or smartphone.” In other words, EMW starts counting the 24-hours if the woman shows up online for the video conference.

You may wonder how accurate the sidewalk counselors’ abortion statistics reports are. They are close.

In the bench trial to determine whether Transfer Agreements were needed, the Clinic owner shared statistics that were close to the pro-life team’s. Dr. Ernest Marshall noted that about 3,000 abortions were done yearly.

The most recent Ky Annual Abortion Statistics Report reveals that there were 3,021 abortions of Ky women, along with 318 who came from Indiana, 236 from Tennessee, 38 from Ohio, 22 from W. Va., and 29 from 15 other states. In full, 3,664 abortions were performed in Ky in 2019. Of that number, 19 were done in local hospitals. The sidewalk team report for 2019 was 3,978.

The 2019 report is the most current official one that we may view online. By law the Vital Statistics Branch issues a public report with statistics on all data collected for the PREVIOUS calendar year, by Sept. 30 of each year.

Legislation affecting abortion statistics

In 2020 a single bill with pro-life language passed, and was not vetoed. SB 102, sponsored by Senators Robby Mills, Ralph Alvarado and C.B. Embry, requires that abortions be termed abortion, not stillbirth or termination of pregnancy, and that clinics and private hospitals report each abortion, regardless of the length of gestation, within 15 days after the end of each month in which the abortion occurred, to the Vital Statistics Branch.

There are penalties for late reporting. The woman’s name is never recorded nor is any man’s name nor the physician’s. As well, each prescription issued for RU-486 or other abortion medications must be reported to Vital Statistics within 15 days and without any identifying data.

As stated on the Vital Statistics abortion statistics web page, “The name of the person completing the report and the reporting institution are not subject to disclosure under KRS 61.870 to 61.884.” To the best of our understanding, in the future we will know the number of abortions performed or chemically induced, but not the institution names.

Trust But Verify is always a good rule. To that end, HB103 has been filed by Rep. Joe Fischer with 14 Republican co-sponsors to require the Department of Vital Statistics Report to include verification of compliance with the certification requirement of KRS 311.727 and to specify that the Auditor of Public Accounts shall function as a health oversight agency for the purpose of performing the audit. Read more.

With a preponderance of medical (chemical) abortions reported in 2019 —1845 out of 3664– it may be that the new requirement to report abortion pill prescriptions will bring to light greater numbers of these and any pharmacies that cooperate with out-of-state telemed abortion providers.

Ky has a law that an abortion must be done in person, not via telehealth programs, but this was overridden for a time in 2020. See related article.

Since SB 120 only passed last spring, at about the same time the Planned Parenthood clinic opened, the 2019 report has only EMW and private hospital statistics.

In it we see that University Hospital performed seven abortions. Ky Law states: Public agency funds shall not be used for the purpose of obtaining an abortion or paying for the performance of an abortion. So, we assume these seven were private-pays or to save the life of the mother. Norton Hospital performed eight and Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital performed four. EMW performed 3,645.

According to the 2019 Report, eight abortions were classified as “Termination Necessary.” But 1,745 were classified as Termination Necessary Status “unknown.” Of the Total Number, 1,911 were categorized as NOT necessary. This is hard to understand.

Ky Law states: No abortion shall be performed except by a physician after either: (a) He determines that, in his best clinical judgment, the abortion is necessary; or (b) He receives what he reasonably believes to be a written statement signed by another physician, hereinafter called the ‘referring physician,’ certifying that in the referring physician’s best clinical judgment the abortion is necessary, and, in addition, he receives a copy of the report form required by KRS 213.055. This statute has been in effect since 1982, but in 1990, during the administration of Wallace Wilkinson (D), the requirement for the report form was dropped.

Thank you, Sidewalk Team, for your dedication and love for unborn babies and their moms. You are our healthcare heroines.


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On January 22nd, a statement from President Biden and Vice President Harris was issued:

Today marks the 48th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade.

In the past four years, reproductive health, including the right to choose, has been under relentless and extreme attack. We are deeply committed to making sure everyone has access to care— including reproductive health care — regardless of income, race, zip code, health insurance status, or immigration status.

The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to codifying Roe v. Wade and appointing judges that respect foundational precedents like Roe…  

Read the full statement here.

What does this portend? What is the meaning of codify? Well, Roe v. Wade is just a court ruling. It can be changed by SCOTUS at any time. But if it were put into legislation— codified, then it could only be reversed if found to be unconstitutional. And if codified by Federal legislation, it would preempt state law, according to Article VI of the Constitution.

So, it’s time for the Supreme Court to hear a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade! Four of the nine Justices are needed to grant a Petition for Certiorari to start the process. We believe we have the votes! Which case under current litigation would be a perfect one to prevent codification of Roe v. Wade and return the question to the states? Ky could supply several.

The Roe v. Wade decision was written in a time before ultrasounds were widely used in obstetrics. Today the ultrasound between weeks 6 and 9 checks the heartbeat and development of the fetus. For some time now, even open heart surgery can be performed on a pre-born baby! With such clear views to the womb, it’s time to overturn Roe v. Wade.


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Updated January 20, 2021

Ruling in favor of Trump overruled by Biden on Day One

As part of President Biden’s Day One executive actions, non-citizens shall be included in the Census and in the apportionment of congressional representatives.


Updated December 31, 2020

A Trump Victory

On Dec. 18, 2020, The Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that the federal government may remove illegal aliens from the 2020 Census count in relation to apportioning congressional seats, a victory for the Trump administration. However, the Census Bureau missed the statutory deadline of Dec. 31 for handing in the count affecting the seats.

A dissenting opinion was filed by Justice Stephen Breyer, joined by Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. The ACLU promised to sue, should the “policy” be implemented. It is not clear which states could lose a seat in Congress, but California is an educated guess.


ORIGINAL POST:

We await critical 2020 Election news. Will the hard evidence of voter fraud (example) be addressed by the courts and legislators? Nothing is more important, yet there is an issue under SCOTUS review that runs a close second to that one, from a pro-life perspective.

On Monday, Nov. 30, SCOTUS heard oral argument in Trump v. New York. The case will determine whether the 2020 US Census count will include persons or subsets of people in the country illegally. President Trump instructed the secretary of commerce last summer to present the census information so that he could exclude noncitizens from the full count for purposes of apportioning seats in the House of Representatives. The US Constitution, Article I, Section 2, requires congressional apportionment to be based on an “enumeration” of the U.S. population.

This differentiation has been handled variously in the past. A citizenship question was asked in each census from 1890 to 1950, but in 1960, times changed.

So simple?

On the surface it sounds like a simple matter. Why should non-citizens be counted when only citizens can vote for the representatives? However, many insist ‘there is no such thing as an illegal person’ (despite laws to the contrary), and of course, undocumented people are counted in the census so that cities and states can receive federal assistance in serving their needs. This would not be affected.

But if the 2020 Census counts citizens only, perhaps some states would lose congressional seats. Since the Democrats oppose the citizenship question, they must feel that they would. Of course, subtracting Democrat seats benefits pro-life goals.

Including undocumented people in the population count also affects redistricting of legislative enclaves in cities and states. The tendency of large cities toward corrupt politics can produce legislators who are not pro-life.

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Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey B. Wall argued the case for President Trump very well. Atty. Dale Ho, ACLU Voting Rights Dir., argued the case for the ACLU. You can listen to the oral argument here, and a pdf of the transcript is here. The hearing is also on C-span.

President Trump attempted to add a “citizenship question” to the 2020 census in June 2019, but this effort failed, with Chief Roberts casting the deciding vote.

Biden has promised to quickly send an immigration bill to the U.S. Senate with a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million illegal immigrants in America.

Would this action override the 2020 Census citizen count, if Trump does win the legal case? Will Biden be POTUS? Would the newly minted citizens be pro-abortion? Maybe not, but they may still vote for the Party that gave them the pass.

Best case scenario: Our country and officials will refuse to certify illegal votes, President Trump will remain in office, and SCOTUS will favor citizens only as constituents of our representatives.


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UPDATED January 5, 2021

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.

Four bills have been prefiled so far. Our thanks to Reps. Melinda Prunty, Joe Fischer, Lynn Belcher and Derek Lewis. Read their bills here, here, here and here.

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.


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A quick review of bogged-down cases:

  1. On Oct. 30, AG Daniel Cameron requested SCOTUS to review the Dismemberment Abortion law which the Appeals Court overturned last June. This law passed the Ky legislature in April of 2018. In Nebraska, a law prohibiting D&E abortion on live unborn babies went into effect last month. This means that 14 states have passed such legislation, but only four have enacted their law: Nebraska, Miss., W. Va. and Ohio. Why not Ky? Think positive and pray.
  2. On Nov. 20, the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and the EMW, along with attorneys from Calif., Washington D.C., New York, and Louisville (total 13 attorneys), filed a document in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to request an En Banc hearing of the Transfer Agreements case which the Appeals Court panel upheld on October 16. The TA law passed the Ky Legislature in July of 1998. It had been ignored before Bevin took office.
  3. In the spring of 2019 Ky’s Heartbeat and No Discrimination laws passed and were quickly challenged and combined in a legal maneuver by the ACLU. Last spring Western District Judge Hale stated he would wait to hear the Appeals Court verdict on an Ohio law, Preterm-Cleveland v. Himes, which would ban abortion on Down Syndrome babies, before deciding the case. However, a Tenn. law similar to Ky’s Heartbeat/No Discrimination laws was partially upheld by the Appeals Court on Nov. 20, to ban abortions based on Down Syndrome or race. This action could affect Judge Hale’s decision. The Appeals panel did not uphold the entire Tenn. law. Ky AG Daniel Cameron led an 18-state coalition in an Amicus brief, asking the Appeals Court to uphold the entire law.

Some existing laws are also in a state of suspension. Ky’s law to require that women be made aware of the Abortion Pill Reversal method by her abortion doctor, which passed in spring 2019, is not currently enforced since a woman can order abortion pills online with only an online medical consultation. See Ruling here. It’s likely that not many women know this, or abortion statistics for the EMW would be lower. This national ruling also overrides, we assume, Ky’s law against TelMed, WebCam or “telehealth” abortions.

Ky law also requires that a physician certify that an abortion is necessary, and this doctor must also describe the basis for his/her best clinical judgment. Numerous articles state that most abortions are done for social or economic reasons.

Though ‘clinical’ once referred to medical treatment, it now only means that a person has been observed in a clinic setting.

Laws may be suspended when their criteria are blurred or prevented by societal change. Such change engenders legal challenges to good laws.

Let’s continue to insist on the rule of law and work hard for pro-life goals.


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supreme court to hear ky case

FRANKFORT, Ky. (October 30, 2020) – Attorney General Daniel Cameron today filed a petition for a writ of certiorari before the United States Supreme Court asking the court to hear the ACLU’s challenge to Kentucky’s live dismemberment abortion law (House Bill 454). The law, passed by the General Assembly in 2018, prohibits abortionists from performing gruesome Dilation and Evacuation procedures (D&E) on a living unborn child.

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The KRLA PAC ALERT Voter Guide has only three recommendations on judges. A short bench! It can be hard to discover whether or not a judge is pro-life.

A judge must run as a non-partisan, so unless we hear from a person who knows them or knows someone who does, or the candidate makes it clear, we cannot know their views on the sanctity of life. Likewise, KRLA cannot endorse any judge due to the non-partisan nature of the race. We only recommend when we have trusted information. Let us know when you have a tip! We will verify your information.

All judges’ positions in Ky are elected offices, but if a judge departs a seat before the end of the term, the new U.S. District or Appeals Court judges will be appointed by the U.S. president, and the Ky Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Circuit Court, Family Court or District Court vacancies will be filled by appointment of the governor. Their nominations or appointments are based on lists received from the judicial nominating commissions.

Ky has an Eastern and Western district plus a temporary judge who can serve if a sitting judge becomes disabled. There are seven Supreme Court and Court of Appeals districts, 57 circuit court districts and 60 Judicial districts. The graphic shows the seven districts of Ky’s Supreme and Appeals Courts.

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The candidates recommended in the PAC ALERT include:

DistrictDivisonJudge CandidateBench Seat
7 Robert B. ConleySeeking to become an Eastern District Judge on Ky’s Supreme Court
11Jenny HinesRunning for a seat on the Ky Court of Appeals
281Teresa WhitakerRunning for Circuit Judge

Robert Conley’s opponent, Rep. Chris Harris (D-93), is stepping down from the Ky House to run for the Supreme Court position, recruited by Gov. Beshear. Jenny Hines’ opponent, Chris McNeill, was appointed to the seat by Gov. Beshear earlier this year.

The Ballotpedia states that Whitaker’s opponent, Walt Maguire, was a family court judge for the 28th Circuit who retired on June 30, 2013. The Somerset, Ky online newspaper reports: A local retired judge is seeking an opportunity to return to the bench… Maguire acknowledged… “I’m not signing on for eight years, but I just like being involved in trying to make a difference in our communities in a positive, constructive, traditional way.” So, voting for Maguire is voting for the person who will succeed him by appointment.

Judges make so many important decisions; holding a high view of human life is essential to their role in society.

Ky has rarely had a helpful verdict in the Western District Court that hears the legal cases relating to the pro-life laws passed by our Legislature. An interesting article on the judicial role in deciding the “times, places and protocols” for congressional elections is here.

Your ballot will feature a question: Are you in favor of changing the term of Commonwealth’s Attorneys from six-year terms to eight-year terms starting in 2030, changing the terms of judges of the district court from four-year terms to eight-year terms beginning in 2022, and requiring district judges to have been licensed attorneys for at least eight years beginning in 2022 by amending the Constitution of Ky?

How will you mark your ballot?


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UPDATE: October 9, 2020 | LifeNews.com

Supreme Court Denies President Trump’s Request to Stop Selling Dangerous Abortion Pills by Mail

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an emergency appeal Thursday to require the abortion industry to follow federal safety regulations when it sells abortion drugs to women.

The justices’ decision not to rule immediately on the Trump administration’s appeal means abortion facilities may continue to ignore Food and Drug Administration safety requirements for the abortion drug mifepristone, or Mifeprex.

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No pro-life litigation will come before the Supreme Court this quarter*, however, an unresolved issue could be settled soon. The issue is the abortion pill and how to prescribe it. Unbelievable though it may seem, the ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) is not opposed to women aborting themselves with pills that they order online, following online consultation, but no visit, exam, guidance or communication with a doctor in person. There are rational and serious objections to this. See here and here.

For this to be legalized, the FDA REMS (Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategy) that requires the abortion pill to be dispensed only in clinics, must be overturned by SCOTUS.

Nevertheless, in a new development, on Sept. 30 it was reported that the Honeybee Health online pharmacy is now “distributing abortion pills directly to patients within the country by mail, now legal [ed: really?] because of a recent federal court ruling… While (District Court Judge) Judge Chuang’s ruling only extends to patients seeking care during the COVID-19 health crisis plus 30 days, and the Trump administration is appealing the injunction to the U.S. Supreme Court, this window of opportunity is proving the viability of a new model of abortion health care.”

Why wait for SCOTUS? The Rule of Law continues to be ignored by those who believe they are a law unto themselves.

*Facts change quickly. See this article for possible abortion case for SCOTUS this quarter.


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The Ky House Districts are apportioned based on population. Our state representatives speak for an average of 43,394 residents. The number is the population of Ky (2010 US Census) divided by 100.

Let’s look at the districts of Ky’s most populous cities, Louisville and Lexington. Eleven in Jefferson County are dead races.

DistrictRegionRepublicanOpponentsComment
28Jefferson-part Charles Miller (D)NO CONTEST
29Jefferson-partKevin BratcherSuzanne Kugler (D)Kevin is the incumbent
30Jefferson-part Tom Burch (D)NO CONTEST
31Jefferson-part Josie Raymond (D)NO CONTEST
32Jefferson-partG. Hunt Rounsavall Jr.Tina Bojanowski (D)Tina is the incumbent
33Jefferson-partJason NemesMargaret Plattner (D)Jason is the incumbent
34Jefferson-part Mary Lou Marzian (D)NO CONTEST
35Jefferson-part Lisa Willner (D)NO CONTEST
36Jefferson-partJerry T. MillerJeff Grammer (D)Jerry is the incumbent
37Jefferson-partJimmy MaricleJeffery M. Donohue (D)Jeffrey is the incumbent
38Jefferson-part McKenzie Cantrell (D)NO CONTEST
40Jefferson-part Nima Kulkarni (D)NO CONTEST
41Jefferson-part Attica Scott (D)NO CONTEST
42Jefferson-part Reginald Meeks (D)NO CONTEST
43Jefferson-part Pamela Stevenson (D)NO CONTEST
44Jefferson-part Joni Jenkins (D)NO CONTEST
46Jefferson-partBob DeVoreAlan Gentry (D)Alan is the incumbent
48Jefferson-partKen FlemingMaria Sorolis (D)Maria is the incumbent

In Fayette Co., three of nine candidates are unopposed.

DistrictRegionRepublicanOpponentsComment
39Fayette-partMatt LockettCarolyn Dupont (D)Seat previously held by Russ Meyer (D)
45Fayette-partKilian TimoneyShirley Mitchell (D)Seat previously held by Stan Lee (R)
56Fayette-partDaniel FisterLamar Allen (D)Seat previously held by Joe Graviss (D)
62Fayette-partPhillip PrattDavid Mayo (D)Phillip is the incumbent
75Fayette-part Kelly Flood (D)NO CONTEST
76Fayette-part Ruth Palumbo (D)NO CONTEST
77Fayette-part George A. Brown, Jr. (D)NO CONTEST
79Fayette-partJon LarsonSusan Westrom (D)Susan is the incumbent
88Fayette-partAaron YatesCherlynn Stevenson (D)Cherlynn is the incumbent

So, let’s see who we can help. The KRLA Endorsed candidates are BOLDED. Those Recommended are BOLD and ITALIC. Please refer to the KRLA PAC Alert for notes on those not coded. We realize as well that some with pro-life views may not have submitted the KRLA survey for various reasons. It is very challenging to run a campaign with limited help and resources.

In the races, we find Kevin Bratcher, D-29, opposed by Suzanne Kugler, a democrat with goals for more fairness— though not for the pre-born. On her Twitter page she re-tweets Emerge Kentucky’s tweets. See more about Emerge-Ky here.

Jason Nemes, D-33, is facing Margaret Plattner, a former CEO of Planned Parenthood of Louisville and “global thinker” (from her resume) who supports United Nations’ initiatives such as the CEDAW, which KRLA and Louisville RTL actively opposed when the Louisville Metro Council proposed its endorsement.

Jerry T. Miller is running as an incumbent in D-36 which has a majority of Republicans. He serves on the Pro-life Caucus, a committee of the Ky General Assembly. His opponent is part of the coalition encompassing numerous causes relating to Democratic control of Ky and the US, which equates to aggressive abortion goals.

Jimmy Maricle is new to the candidate scene. He is running against Jeffrey Donohue (D) in D-37 which is heavily Democratic. It’s a bold move for Mr. Maricle— Let’s get out the vote for this soldier. Rep. Donohue vigorously opposed the passage of HB 67 last spring.

Bob Devore faces incumbent Alan Gentry in D-46. Find some of Bob’s goals here.

An interesting race is for D-48 which includes Prospect and other areas that were lost to a pro-abortion candidate in the Senate District 26 Special Election in June. The incumbent, Maria Sorolis, won by 326 votes against Ken Fleming in 2018. But Ken bested Maria by a sizeable margin in 2016. What happened? Maria is an Emerge-Ky candidate.

She was absent from the vote for SB9 (Born alive) last spring. In 2019 she voted AGAINST ALL FOUR PRO-LIFE BILLS which were passed into law by Gov. Bevin. Why not volunteer to walk your neighborhood for Ken, a tested and proven pro-lifer?!

In Fayette County, Lamar Allen (D) will face Dan Fister, a super pro-lifer. Other ENDORSED candidates are: Matt Lockett, Phillip Pratt and Aaron Yates.

By referring to the PAC ALERT Voter Guide, you will note that for the most part, the Democrat candidate does not respond to the PAC questionnaire. On the candidate website there may be reference to the abortion issue, but we rely on the questionnaire which is a thorough vetting of the candidate’s views.

Signing a survey that clarifies how a candidate will vote when the time comes, is what matters, along with other evidences. A person with some pro-life views may waffle at the critical moment, believing that the woman must have choices, and it is enough to simply reduce the number of abortions. This is NOT a pro-life perspective! Our endorsements state the case.

At this time, Ky’s largest cities are pro-abortion strongholds. With Gov. Beshear in office, it is likely that more abortion clinics will open.

Let’s do all we can to help elect pro-lifers. Walking your neighborhood is a great way to support a candidate. According to the Ky COVID19 website, it is mandatory to wear a face mask outdoors when you cannot maintain a physical distance of six feet from all individuals who are not members of your household (etc). The guidance says that a mask can be removed in some cases.

Don’t let COVID rules prevent your participation in actively supporting pro-life candidates! Let’s roll and let’s walk!

Last but not least! An ENDORSEMENT of Louisville Metro Council Member Marilyn Parker, D-18, is here. As noted above, a few slips may occur in coordinating the PAC ALERT Voter Guide despite our best efforts or due to a candidate’s lack of response though they may be pro-life.


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UPDATE Monday, Sept. 28, 2020

Meet Amy Coney Barrett


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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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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Beyond monumental! Roe is overturned!
6/15/2022 6:50:16 PM
Kentucky Right to Life is in the news!
11/29/2021 4:31:30 PM
On December first, SCOTUS will hear oral argument in Dobbs v. Jackson, a case that may overturn Roe v. Wade.
11/8/2021 1:12:23 PM
A special program featuring pro-life leaders and their contenders aired on KET’s Kentucky Tonight on Nov. 8.
2/16/2021 8:46:41 PM
Who is counting? What must be reported by law?
2/2/2021 12:32:37 PM
Executive declarations mount up early on
12/1/2020 11:45:34 AM
Should undocumented people be included in the count relating to Congressional seats?
12/1/2020 11:36:45 AM
Get ready to contact your legislators!
12/1/2020 10:46:09 AM
The glacier of legal action muddles along
10/31/2020 4:59:45 PM
As promised, Attorney General Daniel Cameron has asked the Supreme Court to hear Ky’s case.
10/14/2020 11:35:56 AM
Dig in to judicial candidate campaign websites for insights to their experience and character.
10/7/2020 12:56:44 PM
Will SCOTUS review any pro-life cases in Autumn 2020?
9/30/2020 8:07:51 PM
Ky metro areas are abortion strongholds. Please help to elect pro-life candidates. Walk your neighborhood!
9/23/2020 10:05:56 AM
The end has come?
8/13/2020 8:45:33 PM
A look at KRLA and RTL current activities

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