Kentucky Bans Abortions after Heartbeat Detected
Kentucky has just become another state to ban abortions once a heartbeat is detected, which is often around six weeks of pregnancy.
The “fetal heartbeat bill” was signed by Republican Governor Matt Bevin last Thursday.
“I am deeply grateful to be governor of a state that so overwhelmingly values the sanctity of human life,” he said in a press release. “Kentucky is leading the charge in this vitally important fight for the heart and soul of our great nation.”
Three other pro-life bills were also signed the same day. Senate Bill 50, also called the Chemical Abortion Reporting Act, states that doctors must inform patients of reversal medication abortions.
House Bill 5, the Human Rights of the Unborn Child and Anti-Discrimination Act, forbids abortions based off of sex, race or perceived disability.
And, House Bill 148 looks to the future should Roe v. Wade be overturned and bans all abortions in the state.
Bevin had attempted the heartbeat bill earlier this year, but was blocked by Judge David J. Hale, who ruled the law potentially unconstitutional, the New York Times reports.
With only one abortion clinic in the state, the Kentucky ACLU has also attempted to protect its existence. In 2017, Bevin signed another law requiring a written agreement with a hospital to transfer any patient with a medical emergency. ACLU feared the clinic would have to close should the bill be enforced, though that did not end up being true.
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