Kentucky lawmakers announce legislative plans to restrict and regulate abortions

Published: Jan. 10, 2019 at 5:12 PM EST
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A group of Kentucky lawmakers are throwing support behind several bills looking to restrict abortions in the state.

The General Assembly Pro-Life Caucus revealed its plans for the 2019 Regular Session, including new efforts already being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Senate Bill 9 filed by Sen. Matt Castlen, R - Maceo, looks to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. This would be one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the U.S.

“This bill establishes the foundation that with the detection of a heartbeat, a person is recognized to be a living human being,” Castlen said. “With that, it would make it illegal to murder a person by way of abortion. That child, who cannot speak for himself or herself, would be protected under the law.”

The ACLU held a news conference Thursday to announce its opposition to the bill. OBGYN resident Dr. Nicole Nolan said the decision should be made between the patient and her physician instead of lawmakers.

Another bill expected to be filed in the House will look to prohibit discriminatory abortions based on race, gender and other perceived disabilities, including Down syndrome.

Another bill would require all abortions to be reported monthly to vital statistics.

One lawmaker is also filing a bill which would ban abortion in the Commonwealth pending any future U.S. Supreme Court decision relating to Roe v. Wade.

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