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2019 Legislative Session draws to a close

2019 Rally for Life

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PHOTO CREDITS: 4D Ultrasound of fetal yawning at 30 weeks of pregnancy by Dr. Wolfgang Moroder. Baby yawning by Jeuwre. Human fetus at 10 weeks.

10 week old fetus

fetus at 10 weeks

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If you were not able to hear and watch Gov. Bevin and his running mate, Sen. Ralph Alvarado, speak out for LIFE at the KRLA Rally for Life on 3/7/19, you will in the video.

Many of us were so disappointed that we could not enter the Capitol to be part of the Rally. When we arrived an EXTREMMMMELY long line of teachers, both at the Capitol and Annex entrances, meant that by the time we would get inside, the Rally would be long over. None of us realized this until we got there.

We thank EVERYONE who came from so many different areas of Kentucky. What a disappointment! Those who did get in could barely hear the speeches due to the commotion of the staggering crowd of teachers. It’s wonderful that we have this video!

“Fight for the sanctity of human life and know that as your governor and as your legislature we will continue to fight with you every step of the way!” - Gov. Bevin at the 2019 Rally for Life Thank you, Governor Bevin!


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HB 5, AN ACT relating to the human rights of unborn children to not be discriminated against, has been reported favorably and noted on the Legislative Calendar. A Corrections Impact Statement has been filed. See here. More on the Impact statement is here.

HB 148 has been engrossed and passed to the Senate Public Protection Committee, and SB 227 (see below in blog) has been introduced and passed to that committee. “Engrossed” means a bill is in the process of discussion and voting, and its wording is subject to amendment.

A Resolution, HR 135, has been introduced in the House to condemn the passage of the “Reproductive Health Act” by the New York State Assembly. Take a moment to read it. Its points are clear. States can legislate to curtail the carnage in Roe v. Wade, and we can speak out. Thank you, Kentucky Pro-Life Caucus and others in our legislature who are determined to stand for Life.


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The opposition (Vote No!) spoke first. Kate Miller, advocacy director and primary lobbyist for ACLU Kentucky, was the starting quarterback with loads of statistics on how many poor women there are in Kentucky and the tremendous burden SB9 would be. She promised the unconstitutional bill would be held up in litigation for years like the other pro-life bills the Kentucky Legislature has passed.

Most people know that the pride and joy of poor people is their children. And what about adoption? It is true, though, that the ACLU knows how to jam the court system with lawsuits to convince Kentuckians that they are ignorant of the laws on abortion. (But a lot of pro-life progress has been made over the years!)

We also heard testimonies from a Planned Parenthood rep, an ObGyn doctor, a pastor of a Christian church who sees SB9 as injustice, a mother who lost a child from a fetal anomaly (did not require abortion), and an entrepreneur who could not have grown her business if SB9 had been in effect. She also said Kentucky already has way too many restrictions, forcing her to go out of state to have an abortion.

The testimonies of those who want to see SB9 pass (Vote Yes!) began with a physician with good insights on pre-born humans. We heard from a BesideUforLife center representative who is an ObGyn physician, an abortion survivor whose twin had been successfully aborted, and who had a daughter of her own. She wanted to know where was the justice and concern for her and for her daughter who would not exist except for the failed abortion. A pregnant mom was “miked” so we could hear a heartbeat. The Bill passed out of committee 10-2 and in the Senate 31-6. See KRLA Current News for more info.

Abby Johnson By far the most forceful testimony came from Abby Johnson, a national speaker who once was employed with PP and knows first-hand what their tactics and practices are. Abby boldly reminded the opposition that they can find better work and renew their minds to think normally about life. Seated next to Abby is Sen. Matt Caslen who sponsored SB9. Next to him is Claire Culwell of Austin, Texas, whose twin was aborted.

ASIDE: Abby was the featured speaker at the Louisville RTL 2013 Celebration of Life Banquet! These banquets are always so special. Please come this year! More info.


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An article in the Feb. 2 C-J reports that PPINK (Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky) is joining forces with “its far larger and richer counterpart that serves the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.” This is not a surprise.

About four years ago at a National RTL conference, Randall O’Bannon, NRLC Research Director, detailed the plans of PP to merge its operations little by little to become regional and showed pictures of large office buildings that would house its future operations.

According to C-J writer Andrew Wolfson,

The CEO of the combined alliance said it will have more money and legal muscle to fight “unrelenting attempts to undo constitutionally protected rights.”

The alliance will have a combined annual budget of as much as $90 million and serve 164,000 patients at 45 health centers in six states.

Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands (and now Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky), said the merger is part of a conscious effort of affiliates in blue states to help patients and organizations in states that are less hospitable to reproductive freedom.

Kentuckians, you dunnit. You elected a pro-life governor who took Louisville’s PP to court because it had no Transfer Agreements with local hospitals or ambulance service to protect the lives of aborted women in emergencies, as required by Kentucky law. The ACLU sued Ky on behalf of the EMW and PP clinics, and won, but our state is appealing the case. But PP cannot perform abortions, yet.

defunding abortion giantsAs well, your pro-life legislators passed a law preventing state monies from subsidizing abortion.

And other pro-life bills have been signed into law by our pro-life legislature that are currently in continuing litigation, including the Ultrasound and Dismemberment laws that would definitely hamper PP’s operation in Ky.

So, as Executive Director Margie Montgomery stated for the C-J article, “Planned Parenthood is running scared.”

That said, we must all be vigilant in this election year, and work hard to get the vote out for all pro-life candidates!

References: NRLC report | C-J article


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