Bevin ceremonially signing abortion bills; ACLU challenging in court

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Published: Aug. 8, 2019 at 7:25 AM EDT
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Kentucky's abortion laws will be argued in front of a federal judge Thursday.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit will hear arguments in the case of EMW Women's Surgical Center v. Adam Meier.

The ACLU of Kentucky is appealing an injunction of a state statute and regulation requiring abortion facilities to maintain transfer agreements with local hospitals and ambulance services, and the grand of intervention to the Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Kentucky's sole abortion provider. The clinic is seeking to strike down two new Kentucky laws, Senate Bill 9 and House Bill 5, that result in a near-total ban on abortion.

The hearing is taking place on the same day that Gov. Matt Bevin will ceremonially sign those and other anti-abortion bills in Owensboro:

  • Senate Bill 9, the so-called "Heartbeat Bill," bans abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat.
  • Senate Bill 50, the Chemical Abortion Reporting Act, requires that doctors present information to patients about the reversal of medication abortions.
  • House Bill 5, the Human Rights of the Unborn Act, bans abortion based on sex, race, or perceived disability.
  • House Bill 148 states that if Roe v. Wade is overturned, abortions are banned in Kentucky.