FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky is joining with 21 other states in filing a legal brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in support of Alabama’s ban on dismemberment abortions.
Louisiana, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin also are the other states arguing that Alabama's law is constitutional.
In the brief, the states contend that the federal district court applied the wrong legal standard in preventing Alabama from the enforcement of the ban.
“I am grateful to be the governor of a state that so highly values the sanctity of human life,” Bevin said. "Kentuckians overwhelmingly agree we must protect the rights of unborn children."
Bevin said "respect for life and the protection of the innocent should always transcend politics" and should not be controversial.
"We are proud to stand in unity with Alabama and other pro-life states as we fight against this particularly gruesome display of judicial overreach," he said.
The state's argue that the federal district court runs afoul of states' rights to protect and foster respect for life, including unborn life.
The governor's office said the abortion method being questioned in this case "is an exceptionally grisly one" that dismembers unborn babies inside the womb.
Since taking office, Bevin has helped get three key pro-life laws on the books.
One prohibits abortions after 20-weeks of pregnancy. Another requires women considering abortions to have an opportunity to see ultrasound images. And yet another requires medical personnel to conduct face-to-face consultations with women 24 hours before an abortion is to be performed.