FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Gov. Matt Bevin held a ceremonial bill signing on Monday for one of four pro-life bills that passed the 2019 General Assembly.
House Bill 5, known as the “Human Rights of the Unborn Child and Anti-Discrimination Act,” sponsored by Rep. Melinda Gibbons Prunty, R-Belton, bans an abortion based upon the gender, race or perceived disability of an unborn child.
“It simply extends all civil rights that were gained in the 1960s,” Prunty said, “and all the rights that were gained with the Americans With Disabilities Act, to the unborn.”
Rep. Nancy Tate, R-Brandenburg, a co-sponsor of the bill, called it an historic event.
“Selective abortions, otherwise known as ‘designer abortions,’ have become more prevalent in an attempt to create a perfect child, based on an individual’s preference, for example, blonde hair and blue eyes,” Tate said.
Terminating a pregnancy because the unborn child has a disability, said Tate, sends out the message that someone with a disability is a lesser human being, and given the opportunity should not be allowed to live.
“We must stop and prevent two types of atrocities, euthanasia and designer abortions,” Tate said.
During the event in the Capitol Rotunda, the governor spoke out against people who might use this issue as a political stunt.
“You see it being used as a lightning rod, but this is literally about life and death,” Bevin said. “I applaud our legislature for taking this up. I applaud these legislators behind me and the others who have carried this bill forward; who have made sure that this was put in the spotlight, that this was a challenge to our nation’s conscience. This is going to be taken all the way to the U. S. Supreme Court. I have no doubt.”
The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky filed a federal lawsuit against HB 5 shortly after it was approved, and a district judge in Louisville has issued a stay on the legislation taking effect until the case can be argued before him.
“The days of hypocrisy have got to end,” Bevin said. “The days of taking innocent life in American have got to end.”
The governor said Kentuckians are fortunate to live in a state where so many men and women of the state legislature, regardless of political affiliation, recognize selective abortions as the taking of innocent lives.
“We’re saying that in this state, it’s not acceptable. We’re not going to do it,” Bevin said.
Other pro-life bills passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Bevin include:
--HB 148, which would automatically ban all abortions in Kentucky if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned by a Supreme Court ruling, or by a constitutional amendment.
--Senate Bill 9, which would prohibit an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected. It, like HB 5 is on hold, due to pending federal court action.
--SB 50 mandates that any time an abortion-inducing drug is dispensed, a report must be made to the Vital Statistics Bureau of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The bill was changed in the House to include a requirement that any physician who prescribes an abortion-inducing drug also provide information on how the drug can be reversed.