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First in the Amici series

To defend the pro-life laws passed by the Kentucky General Assembly, Governor Bevin has called on his General Counsel Steve Pitt, Deputy General Counsel Chad Meredith, and his Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Adam Meier, and that cabinet’s attorneys. All these were commended during the 2019 General Assembly.

Though defending the laws of Kentucky is the job of AG Andy Beshear, he and his attorneys are instead working to overturn them!

Boom.

On April 3rd, AG Andy filed an Amicus Brief in support of Planned Parenthood and the EMW clinic in their case against the state of Kentucky regarding Transfer Agreements (TAs). It has been endorsed by 20 states who are Beshear’s amici (friends).

The brief is co-signed by certain of his staff members: J. Michael Brown, Deputy Attorney General; La Tasha Buckner, Assistant Deputy Attorney General; S. Travis Mayo, Exec. Dir., Office of Civil and Environmental Law; and Sarah Ellen Eads Adkins and Marc G. Farris, Assistant Attorneys General.

The TAs case is currently in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals awaiting judgment. So, these employees of our state are supporting those who are suing our state.

The Brief states two arguments:

1. Defendants May Not Rely On Another State To Protect Women’s Fourteenth Amendment Right To An Abortion
(You may wonder: What is a woman’s 14th Amendment right to an abortion? After the Civil War a 14th amendment was added to the Constitution: “No State shall ... deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” It was to assure civil rights for former slaves. Somehow Roe v. Wade framed it to mean that its Due Process Clause includes an implicit "right of privacy" that encompasses a right to abortion. (ref)

2. The Emergency Regulation And The Bevin Administration’s Conduct Had The Purpose And Effect Of Depriving Women Of Their Constitutional Right.
    A. The Bevin Administration unduly burdened women seeking to exercise their constitutional rights
    B. The Emergency Regulation provides no benefit to clinic patients.

We will take a look at AG Beshear’s Amicus Arguments and the topic of TAs, with this article being the first in a series of six blog posts.


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An Amicus Curiea of 16 states was filed last month in support of Kentucky’s appeal to overturn the ruling on Transfer Agreements (TA). The TA ruling was made by Judge Greg Stivers in 2018 and then appealed to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by Governor Bevin’s administration.

The purpose of the TA is to assure that women who incur life-threatening injury in the course of having an abortion will be transported swiftly to a hospital. See the law here that was passed in 1998. See here for background on the legal suit.

Planned Parenthood recently filed a motion stating that Kentucky is in contempt of court “for what it calls the deliberate obstruction of its effort to get a state license for an a second clinic in Louisville.” (ref) PP does not believe Kentucky has grounds to refuse to license a second clinic in Louisville since the TA case was decided in October 2018. However, the case is still under appeal, and the Amicus Curiea will be good support for it.

As well, if the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act should pass, whether on the national or state level, this would require TAs in all abortion clinics. The House in D.C. has not permitted the bill to be voted on, and we will find out some time today if Kentucky's SB 227 will become law. SB 227 is called the Born Alive Infant Protection Act. Today is the last day of the 2019 Ky. Legislative Session.


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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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