Every Kentucky news outlet, ESPN and even the national mainstream media, was captivated with yet another University of Louisville and Rick Pitino scandal on Wednesday. Several headlines captured the quote from interim UofL president Gregory Postel, who called it a “dark day” for the university.
Wednesday was a dark day but not because a basketball coach who cheats on his wife and has long been suspected of cheating in the recruiting game no longer teaches dribbling and free throws. Wednesday was a dark day because the veil over the abortion procedure, once lifted by courageous legislators in Kentucky, was put back in place by a federal judge and a group of liberal lawyers.
On Jan. 7, 2017, Gov. Matt Bevin signed House Bill 2 into law. It was an historic day, one that marked the light of truth being focused on the abortion procedure. An expectant mother would now have an opportunity to see her unborn child before she makes the ultimate, irrevocable decision about welcoming that baby into the world or having his or her life extinguished by a doctor’s scalpel.
Yet, the age-old truth, that “people loved darkness instead of light” (John 3:19), was proven once again on Sept. 27. And with the force of law, one man, U.S. District Judge David Hale, cloaked the abortion procedure in darkness. By requiring abortion doctors to show mothers an ultrasound image of a baby before taking the baby’s life, Judge Hale believes that the doctor’s First Amendment rights are somehow violated.
Not only is an unborn child denied the right to life, the child is denied the right to even be seen. It is an attempt to hide the baby’s existence behind words and phrases like “a simple procedure,” “a personal healthcare decision,” and “medically unnecessary regulation.” But, with or without the light of the ultrasound, what happens in the “termination” of a pregnancy, is a very serious surgery with very real risks to a woman’s health and the ultimate end of her child’s life.
The ultrasound law in Kentucky has nothing to do with the First Amendment. It has everything to do with a mother being fully informed before making the most consequential decision of her life. Thanks to Judge Hale and the ACLU, Wednesday was a dark day not only for Louisville but for our entire state.
Paul Chitwood is executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, the state's largest religious organization.