FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron filed a reply brief before the Supreme Court in the case Cameron v. EMW Women’s Surgical Center on Tuesday, according to a press release from the Office of the Attorney General.
In 2018, the Kentucky General Assembly passed House Bill 454, the state’s live dismemberment abortion ban that would “prohibit an abortion on a pregnant woman that will result in the bodily dismemberment, crushing, or human vivisection of the unborn child when the probably post-fertilization age of the unborn child is 11 weeks or greater, except in the case of a medical emergency.”
The bill was challenged by EMW Women's Surgical Center, one of two licensed abortion care providers in Kentucky.
“The Attorney General attempted to intervene on behalf of the Commonwealth so that he could exhaust all appeals in defense of the law” when a court ruling upholding an injunction against the law was not appealed by the Beshear administration, according to the release. The Supreme Court agreed to decide whether Cameron could defend House Bill 454 after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied his request to intervene.
“As our team prepares to argue in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, we remain focused on the fact that this law exists to extend dignity and respect to the unborn,” said Cameron in comments in the release. “This law is a direct reflection of the values of Kentuckians, and we’ll continue to fight to ensure it is defended and eventually upheld.”
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case on Oct. 12.
View a copy of the brief here.