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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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SB 9, the Heartbeat Bill, has passed out of Committee to the floor of the House. Gov. Bevin is expected to sign it if it reaches his desk, at which point the ACLU of Kentucky will sue the state.

This same bill recently passed Tennessee’s House Committee. LifeNews.com reports:

Heartbeat bills also have been introduced in a number of other states this winter, including Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and South Carolina. However, in January, a judge declared Iowa’s heartbeat law unconstitutional.

The goal of the legislation is to prevent the deaths of thousands of unborn babies every year. However, even some pro-life advocates admit that the success of the legislation is uncertain. While the rationale behind the law is noble, a number of pro-life leaders recognize that, for the present, such laws may create unintended consequences that could hamper the pro-life cause. When courts rule against such laws, state taxpayers often are forced to reimburse pro-abortion groups for their legal fees.

North Dakota and Arkansas passed heartbeat bills several years ago, but federal courts struck down both laws.

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals said the following about its ruling on the six-week ban: “Because there is no genuine dispute that (North Dakota’s law) generally prohibits abortions before viability — as the Supreme Court has defined that concept — and because we are bound by Supreme Court precedent holding that states may not prohibit pre-viability abortions, we must affirm the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the plaintiffs.”

Is this a dilemma for pro-lifers? Can we continue to push for legislation that ends abortion, whether in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd trimester? Ought we to base our legal strategies on whether or not a court will rule in our favor? Or, should we seek justice by pursuing the right to life for pre-born babies who are alive from conception? We are living in a time of unconstitutional high court decisions that dictate lower court rulings, BUT not always. Some judges respectfully stand for life.

One example is the Louisiana Unsafe Abortion Protection Act that requires abortionists to have admitting privileges to hospitals to protect women’s health. The case went to SCOTUS this winter despite a similar Texas law being struck down. “But Chief Justice John Roberts joined the high court’s pro-abortion minority to prohibit the law’s implementation over the dissent of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch noted their dissent but did not join the Kavanaugh opinion. Oddly, Roberts joined the pro-life side when the Supreme Court ruled on a similar Texas law.” (NRLC.org)

Nevertheless the case may be reconsidered later this year.

A man who lived 3,000 years ago defined our dilemma well: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Ps 11:3) Your Kentucky Right to Life is working on answers and encouraging prayer.


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SB 50 to require reporting of Abortion Pills prescribed and for the Dr. to inform the patient that the Abortion Pill can be REVERSED— was scheduled for passage in the House on Feb. 25, but … new amendments were introduced by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian. After all, it's just a joke, isn't it?

House Floor Amendment 2 - Establish a new section of KRS Chapter 213 to require a report of when a prescription is issued for any medication used to treat erectile dysfunction and any reported side effects to the Vital Statistics Branch within 15 days after the end of the month in which the prescription was issued.

House Floor Amendment 3 - Establish language to specify that all members of the General Assembly shall be responsible to pay specified court costs and fees related to certain abortion litigation.

House Floor Amendment 4 - Amend the title to read as follows: "AN ACT relating to reproductive medical information."


Rep. Marzian also slowed the passage of HB 5 with an amendment:

An unborn child residing in the Commonwealth shall have all constitutional rights and responsibilities as a citizen in the Commonwealth including but not limited to the right to public education, to pay taxes, to receive social security, to free speech, to inherit, to a trial by jury, and to peaceful assembly.

 


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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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