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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.

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Eighth in a Series: Pro-life Laws Under Attack

A New Year’s Prediction: Perhaps the legal case against Kentucky’s Heartbeat and Anti-Eugenics Law will not be decided before Spring 2020.

In a document filed on December 16, 2019 by the Plaintiffs, it is revealed that an ‘En Banc’ review of Ohio’s Preterm-Cleveland v. Himes case has been granted by the Sixth Circuit Appeals Court. The Preterm-Cleveland case was cited by our attorneys in document 47 as relevant to Kentucky’s when Ohio appealed for a ‘full-bench’ (en banc) hearing after the Appellate Court upheld the preliminary injunction against it.

Some background

In 2018, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood of America filed a suit on behalf of several abortion clinics and their patients to challenge HB214, the Ohio law that prohibits abortion if based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome. They argued that the law imposes an unconstitutional burden on patients seeking abortions. ReWire News reported:

On March 14, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black issued a preliminary injunction blocking the law, ruling that Planned Parenthood v. Casey and Roe v. Wade bars states from prohibiting pregnant people “from making the ultimate decision to terminate [their] pregnancy before viability.”

On October 11, 2019, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court order blocking the law, ruling that it “unconstitutionally inhibits pre-viability abortions based on a woman’s reason for seeking abortion.” Ohio has sought a rehearing en banc.

Ohio’s request was granted on December 13, and the oral argument is scheduled for March 11, 2020. It seems likely that Judge Hale may wait for that opinion before issuing a decision on the Heartbeat and Anti-eugenics laws.

We await new documents to be filed, and will add a post to this series when that occurs.


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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the challenge to Kentucky’s Ultrasound Law. “This is the best possible news defenders of life in the womb could receive! It is bad news for EMW Abortion facility and for Louisville Planned Parenthood,” stated KRLA President Diana Maldonado.

Thank you to Governor Matt Bevin for defending this law at the Appellate level and at the highest level. Tomorrow, Kentucky’s new Governor will be sworn in to office. Andy Beshear refused to defend the Ultrasound law when he was the Attorney General.

As reported by AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions.

The justices did not comment in refusing to review an appeals court ruling that upheld the law.

The American Civil Liberties Union had challenged the law on behalf of Kentucky’s lone remaining abortion clinic. The ACLU argued that “display and describe” ultrasound laws violate physicians’ speech rights under the First Amendment...

Read more.


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Mike Fichter, CEO of Indiana RTL, Host of LoveX2 podcast on Apple Podcasts (Facebook too), and author of many pro-life books, warned about Planned Parenthood on a mission.

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  • Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) formerly had a budget of $15M, but after its “merger” (takeover) with PP of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands (PPGNHI), the budget includes $90M in financial resources.
  • Ky. and Ind. have become a “test market” for PP. They saw our states as abortion deserts with aggressive pro-lifers in charge, and they believe that if they can “break the back” of our pro-life majority, they can achieve the same goal in any state of the union.
  • Their plan is outlined in “Care For All” — See here.
    The document begins:
    There’s no way to sugarcoat it. With Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, we are likely to see the further erosion of Roe v. Wade in the very near future. There are 13 abortion-related cases that are just one step away from the Supreme Court, and 20 states are poised to ban abortion should Roe v. Wade be overturned.
  • The “Care For All” Plan is to:
    1. Expand regional access and “virtual” access through telemedicine.
    2. Partner with coalitions and advocates to ensure a network of states where abortion will still be legal whatever SCOTUS may rule.
    3. Work to destigmatize abortion in the media and in the popular culture “including working with the music, fashion, movie and television industries”… and with content creators (etc). (This tactic is already in play by Whole Women’s Health as well. http://shiftstigma.org/)
  • PP’s strategy is also to drain state resources through taking us to court as pro-life laws are passed.

Be alert, pro-lifers. Do ALL that you can to preserve our state’s pro-life majority in the legislature and in state offices.


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Update 8-22-19: C-J's Deborah Yetter reports:

[In a motion on Wed., Aug. 21] Planned Parenthood is asking a federal judge to hold Gov. Matt Bevin and top state health officials in contempt of court over what it alleges are repeated violations of court orders regarding its effort to get a license to provide abortions in Louisville…

“It is clear," the motion said, "that the defendants are engaging in self-help by ignoring this court's orders in hopes of a win on appeal in the sixth circuit.”

Wednesday's motion is the second time Planned Parenthood has asked the court to hold the Bevin administration in contempt over its long-running battle to get the license. Read more

It seems obvious that Kentucky would engage in self-help by appealing the case to the Sixth District Court of Appeals after losing it in the lower court. That is standard procedure, so how could it be viewed as ‘contempt’?


The C-J reports:

The Bevin administration is once again blocking Planned Parenthood from having a license to operate an abortion clinic at its building in downtown Louisville… Planned Parenthood announced the decision in a release late Friday night…

Read more. Also see this related post.


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Chad Meredith (addressing the media), our state’s Chief Deputy General Counsel, argued to retain Transfer Agreements law in Kentucky at the Sixth Circuit Federal Appeals Court on August 8. Background on this case is here.

Many pro-lifers including KRLA staff and members heard the arguments and later participated in a media conference staged by Addia Wuchner, former representative for Ky’s 66th district. Reporters from WDRB-TV, the C-J and others covered the event and LifeNews has reported on it drawing from a story in CourtHouseNews.com.

Listen to the full proceedings from the hearing. As noted by CourtHouseNews, there is no timetable for the decision to be issued. Three judges heard the arguments by Atty. Meredith and attorneys for the EMW Clinic and Planned Parenthood. Two of them, Judges Chad Readler and Joan Larsen are recent appointees of President Trump. Judge Eric Clay was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1997.

Aside: Congratulations to Attorney Meredith who was recently promoted to Solicitor General. Read more.



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