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Legislature Overrode Pro-abortion Gov. Beshear’s Veto Last Week

Washington, D.C.In response to a federal judge’s order temporarily blocking H.B. 3, pro-life legislation that protects unborn children from painful late abortions, stops dangerous mail-order abortion drugs, and more, the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) issued the following statement:

“We are disappointed to see life-saving protections for Kentucky mothers and unborn children blocked again,” said SBA List State Policy Director Sue Liebel. “This law would spare hundreds of babies from the excruciating pain of late abortions and safeguard women’s health from the reckless expansion of abortion drugs by mail. The state legislature overwhelmingly overrode pro-abortion Gov. Beshear to stand up for the will of Kentuckians. Unfortunately, decades of radical U.S. Supreme Court precedents have shackled lawmakers and imposed abortion on demand until birth nationwide. We hope that in the Dobbs case the Court will soon allow elected leaders in every state to enact commonsense laws that save lives and reflect the values of the people.”

Charlotte Lozier Institute, SBA List’s research arm, estimates that 344 abortions at 15 weeks’ gestation or later were performed in Kentucky in 2020.  Additionally, chemical abortions rose 13%, composing 51% of the 4,104 abortions performed in the state that year. Science shows unborn children can feel pain by 15 weeks and that chemical abortion poses a growing public health threat.

first-of-its-kind study in the journal Health Services and Managerial Epidemiology found that the rate of emergency room visits related to chemical abortion drugs increased by more than 500% from 2002-2015.

In the last year Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas have enacted state-level safeguards against mail-order abortion drugs, with additional states considering action.

SBA List is a network of 900,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders. 


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