Two pro-life bills have passed out of their committee hearings to proceed on their journey to passage.
Testimonies for and against HB67, to pass a constitutional amendment stating that Kentucky does not protect a right to abortion or its funding, were heard by the Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. See related post. Watch some of the testimonies on the KET legislative coverage, starting at 15:50.
Testimonies for SB90, a bill to protect conscience rights of medical providers, were heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Its primary sponsor Sen. Stephen Meredith stated, “No medical professional should be forced to violate the oath to do no harm.” The KET coverage features a nurse’s testimony that this protection is needed, and statements from legislators who oppose the bill because “It is not in the best interest of the patient.”
The screenshot from the KET video shows KRLA’s Margie Montgomery seated just behind the ACLU spokesperson during the HB67 hearing. Keep informed!
UPDATE: This is funny?
A number of floor amendments were filed by Rep. Joni Jenkins, a Democrat from Jefferson Co. on Friday, Feb. 28, to derail HB67. She is Minority Floor Leader. Her Floor Amendment 2 reads: “Amend the title to read as follows: "AN ACT proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Kentucky relating to vasectomies.” So, though HB 67 was posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Feb. 28, the bill will be in the House again on Monday, March 2, and at this writing has not yet passed the House.
See here to read all five of Joni’s amendments.
On Sen. Meredith’s bill, technical corrections and the removal of two sections that include healthcare payers in the proposed legislation were made on Feb. 24. Read more.