FEBRUARY 1, 2018    VOL V, NO 3
2018 Kentucky Legislative Session
The following bills have been proposed by the Kentucky Right to Life Association for sponsorship in the House and Senate:

1. The Dismemberment Abortion Ban . Dismemberment abortion is a violent abortion procedure with the purpose of causing the death of an unborn child, purposely to dismember a living unborn child and extract her or him one piece at a time form the uterus through use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors or similar instruments that, through the convergence of two rigid levers, slice, crush, and/or grasp a portion of the unborn child’s body or rip it off.

The Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act protects unborn children from the brutality of being torn apart limb by limb by dismemberment. So far, eight states have passed this bill with preliminary injunctions in process.

2. The Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act. This bill (recently signed into law by Governor John Kasich of Ohio), would help prevent discrimination by prohibiting abortions on unborn babies who have or may have Down syndrome. According to a study published in 2012 in the medical journal, Prenatal Diagnosis, American women choose to terminate pregnancies between 50% and 80% of the time after receiving a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome. This may or may not be with enough adequate information about Down syndrome itself, including the fact that children born with this challenge can live long, healthy, and fulfilling lives in the care of loving families.

3. The Web Cam Abortion Ban . Already in effect in 15 states (including Indiana), this law would require abortionists to be physically present in the same room as the woman when a chemical abortion is administered. At present, in Kentucky, there is no safeguard when chemical abortions are done by a video conferencing system where the abortionist is located in one location and uses a closed circuit TV to talk via a video screen with a woman in another location. The chemicals are disposed by remote control which opens a drawer near the woman. She removes the pill herself. The abortionist is never physically present with the woman who takes the pill to extinguish the life of the human fetus by remote control. 

Three major problems: 
A. The are no qualified medical professionals to actually examine the woman to rule out life-threatening risks that could happen after the pill has been consumed.
B. There is no follow-up plan for any complications that might occur, such as excessive bleeding, chest pain, severe cramping, nausea, vomiting, high fever, or the need for a surgical abortion. Without personal attention, such complications could be overlooked. 
C. Such telemedical techniques could become “opportunistic” toward “in home” abortions or other attempts at “in home remedies.” (Currently, telemedicine is not used for any other invasive procedure. It is mainly used for doctors to share charts and X-rays with other specialists or to monitor confidential information between medical professionals.)

4. The Abortion Pill Reversal Information Act . Medical abortions are becoming the most dominant method of abortion in the United States. In response to this, lawmakers are encouraged to enact legislation that will expand their state’s informed-consent laws, to let the woman know of an experimental treatment that could reverse the effects of a progesterone-blocking abortion. This treatment is referred to as the “abortion-pill reversal.” 

In 2018, three states have enacted this legislation (Arkansas, Arizona, and South Dakota) to enhance their informed-consent law to include informing women about abortion reversal. While the treatment is still controversial regarding its use, there is evidence through an office of gynecology in Ft. Wayne, Ind., that that the treatment has been used to help women avert abortions. (Indiana is currently reviewing the bill. HB 1128) 

This bill simply requires abortion providers to present information about abortion reversal, but not to recommend it. The woman is given the chance after the RU-486 regimen has begun to be given the opportunity to change her mind.
An Original Song!
Under the direction of Asst. Exec. Dir. Brian Shoemaker, a new song has been produced and will soon be posted to the KRLA Youth YouTube Channel. We’re excited! This creative work will be used to promote the March first Rally for Life in Frankfort. Mark your calendar! The Rally begins at 11:30 AM and will feature legislators and other speakers. A poster/sign for the Rally is also being produced thanks to a student seeking to provide a graphic design to gain experience. We will report on all these developments in our next e-letter.
Attention Students and Teachers
It’s TIME to enter the Annual Essay, Oratory and Video Contests! We look forward to hearing, reading an viewing your wonderful entries!
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