Temporary but ‘crucial’ win as judge blocks Kentucky abortion ban

Temporary but ‘crucial’ win as judge blocks Kentucky abortion ban

This post was originally published on this site Reproductive rights advocates on Thursday welcomed a federal judge’s ruling that temporarily blocked Kentucky’s new anti-choice law, allowing the state’s two clinics that offered abortions to continue doing so for the next two weeks. “This is a win but it is only...

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Why the Republican offensive on abortion is escalating

Why the Republican offensive on abortion is escalating

This post was originally published on this siteWhen three red states finalized severe restrictions on abortion over consecutive days last week, they highlighted the GOP’s rising militancy on the issue — and the political and legal calculations underpinning it.

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Republicans enacting a wave of new abortion restrictions

Republicans enacting a wave of new abortion restrictions

This post was originally published on this siteMeasures in Kentucky, Florida and Oklahoma are among new limits being passed ahead of a much-anticipated Supreme Court ruling this summer.

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Republican state lawmakers override Kentucky governor’s veto of broad abortion bill

Republican state lawmakers override Kentucky governor’s veto of broad abortion bill

In Kentucky, the state’s Republican-led General Assembly voted on Wednesday to override Gov. Andy Beshear’s (D) veto of House Bill 3, a restrictive measure that opponents say essentially ends abortion access.
House Bill 3 makes it illegal to mail abortion pills; raises standards for minors seeking abortions; requires the state to build a public database that publishes the names and addresses of physicians who perform abortions; and creates a broad certification and monitoring system to keep track of abortions and the doctors who perform them.
The Lexington Herald Leader notes that the bill does not make abortion illegal, but “sets up an extensive certification, monitoring, and complaint database that the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy and Cabinet for Health and Family Services says it lacks the resources and staff to manage.” The bill also requires aborted fetuses be cremated or buried, and opponents say that, coupled with the certification process, puts undue cost burdens on abortion providers. When he vetoed the bill, Beshear said it was in part because of how expensive it is; the measure does not include any additional funds to support the new requirements.
Before the vote, protesters stood outside the state Capitol and chanted, “Bans off our bodies!” Several Democratic lawmakers tried to appeal to their colleagues not to overturn the veto, including state Rep. Rachel Roberts (D), who shared earlier that she was raped at 14. “I urge you to consider the ramifications of this bill,” she said. “I urge you to allow this veto. Think of me as a 14-year-old rape victim.” State Sen. Karen Berg (D) declared, “It takes an amazing amount of audacity to assume you know that you can make this decision for every woman and female child in this state. I beg my colleagues to think about what they are doing.”
State Sen. Stephen Meredith (R) was unmoved, and called the legalization of abortion in the United States “a stain on our country” and “our greatest sin. If a mother can kill her own child, what prevents us from killing ourselves and one another?” The state Senate ultimately voted 31-6 to override Beshear’s veto, and because of an emergency clause, it takes effect immediately.
Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky both announced they plan to sue Kentucky’s attorney general and Cabinet for Health and Family Services to stop the measure. Read more at the Lexington Herald Leader.

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‘Kentucky needs a new deal’: Charles Booker outlines plan to defeat Rand Paul, abolish poverty

‘Kentucky needs a new deal’: Charles Booker outlines plan to defeat Rand Paul, abolish poverty

This post was originally published on this site In a stirring speech on Saturday, Charles Booker, a former Kentucky state representative and now a Democratic U.S. Senate candidate running to unseat Republican incumbent Rand Paul, shed light on the persistence of poverty in the Bluegrass State and made the case...

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‘We’re going to beat Rand Paul’: Charles Booker files for US Senate run in Kentucky

‘We’re going to beat Rand Paul’: Charles Booker files for US Senate run in Kentucky

This post was originally published on this site Progressive Democrat Charles Booker on Wednesday formally filed candidate paperwork to run against Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in Kentucky next year. “We need leadership at the federal level that cares about our lives.” “I’m honored to take this stand for the...

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Supreme Court to hear arguments for Kentucky abortion case

Supreme Court to hear arguments for Kentucky abortion case

This post was originally published on this siteAs the firestorm continues over the Supreme Court’s decision a month ago to allow a Texas six-week abortion ban to go into effect, the justices will take the bench on Tuesday to hear a separate dispute concerning an abortion access law out of...

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