January 10, 2017
When people complain about politicians moving too slowly, they couldn't have meant Kentucky! Bluegrass conservatives are off to the races wasting no time taking advantage of their new Republican majority. On the opening day of their session, leaders advanced two pro-life bills to the top of the to-do list, a 20-week abortion ban and ultrasound measure, passing both within days. Like the congressional Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, Kentucky's version bars abortion after the first five months of pregnancy when babies feel the excruciating torture of the procedure.
The second measure, also inked into law by conservative Governor Matt Bevin (R), demands that medical staff perform an ultrasound before a woman aborts. And while the mom may choose not to watch it, those same staff are required to "describe the image of the unborn child, its size, organs, other features, and allow the mother to hear the baby's heartbeat." For years, that technology has been one of the most powerful weapons pro-lifers have in personalizing the "choice" women make. Fortunately, Kentucky will now be part of growing movement of states who know that helping moms see these little hearts may help change theirs. "There is nothing more pro-woman than protecting the life of a child and assuring that all women are provided complete medical information when such a critical life-impacting decision is faced," said the chairwoman of the House Health and Family Services Committee, Rep. Addia Wuchner (R).
And here's the best thing about the laws: legislators have already set aside a litigation fund if the law is challenged. Well, they didn't have to wait long, thanks to the ACLU! The liberal group pounced on the state with a lawsuit before Governor Bevin's name was even dry, hoping to tie up the legislation in a messy court battle. Either way, nothing can dampen the excitement of the state's pro-lifers, who have tried to pass bills like these for years but never had the GOP control to do so. Elections have consequences, all right -- for the unborn!
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.