THE CITY OF LOUISVILLE, KY After the state’s two remaining clinics stated they couldn’t meet the statute’s provisions, a federal court temporarily suspended a state law that practically eliminated abortions in Kentucky.
Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings’ decision was a victory for abortion rights advocates and a setback for the Republican-led legislature, which approved the bill in March and then overrode Democratic Governor Andy Beshear’s veto of the measure last week… On Thursday, one of the clinics said that it would begin abortion services immediately.
Pregnant women must be checked by a doctor before being given abortion drugs under the new rule. New reporting requirements are also included, which the Kentucky clinics claim they will be unable to meet right away. If you don’t abide by the rules, you could face fines and even felony charges.
The greater question of the new law’s constitutionality was not addressed by Jennings’ order. Instead, it focused on the clinics’ allegations that they are unable to comply with the measure since the state hasn’t yet established clear rules for the implementation of the new law.
Because she lacked information “to specifically evaluate which particular parts and subsections are capable of compliance,” Jennings, who was appointed by former President Trump, chose to block the entire bill.
Anti-abortion advocates expressed relief at the court’s decision but cautioned against complacency.
As Planned Parenthood CEO Rebecca Gibron noted, “This is a win but merely the first step,” the Kentucky clinic will resume abortion services right away. As a group, we are willing to go to court and do whatever we can to ensure that abortion is available in Kentucky for the long term.”
It is said that the new law in Kentucky is designed to protect women’s health and to increase the level of accountability. Opponents claim that the ultimate goal of the bill was to put an end to all abortions in the state.
Abortion restrictions have been enacted in Kentucky and other states run by the Republican Party in preparation for a Supreme Court decision that might overturn the landmark judgment in Roe vs. Wade nearly 50 years ago.
A case challenging Mississippi’s 15-week abortion prohibition is currently pending before the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has signaled that it will uphold Mississippi’s ban, and conservative justices have stated that they support overturning Roe v. Wade in this situation…
In Kentucky’s Draconian New Abortion Law, What’s Going on In the State?
After a federal judge temporarily barred enforcement of House Bill 3, a broad “omnibus” law that imposes numerous new limitations on abortion, including a ban on abortions after 15 weeks, the two facilities resumed services.
The Supreme Court has ruled that abortion is legal up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. While the legal challenge is continuing, U.S. District Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings is debating whether or not to issue an injunction against the law.
A total ban on abortion in Kentucky would certainly put a stop to a number of outstanding legal challenges to the Republican-controlled General Assembly’s recent abortion regulations. Three other laws, enacted this year but still being challenged in federal courts, have not been put into effect.
Women seeking abortion beyond six weeks gestation and if the fetus’s race, gender, or handicap is the primary reason are covered by two new 2019 rules. As a result, a 2018 rule barring a technique often employed after the 14th week of pregnancy, known as dilation and evacuation, is still being challenged in the courts.
The proposed amendment to Kentucky’s constitution, which would prohibit the state’s residents from having an abortion, will be put to a vote in November.