FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Monday filed a brief before the United States Supreme Court in support of his defense of House Bill 454, Kentucky’s law prohibiting live-dismemberment abortions.
In March, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Cameron’s appeal in the case of Cameron v. EMW Women’s Surgical Center, in which the attorney general argues that he should be allowed to defend HB 454 on behalf of Kentuckians.
HB 454 prohibits the gruesome live dismemberment abortion procedure, also known as Dilation and Evacuation (D&E), from being performed on a living unborn child. D&E abortions involve tearing the unborn child apart, in the womb, while he or she is still alive. The General Assembly passed HB 454 in 2018, and it was challenged by a Kentucky abortion clinic and two of its abortion providers.
“HB 454 represents the values of Kentuckians and demonstrates the respect we have for the dignity of life,” Cameron said. “These values, set forth in our laws, must be defended at every turn, and it’s my job to step in, especially when other state officials refuse. This brief is the next step in this process, and we look forward to presenting our case to the U.S. Supreme Court this fall to ensure Kentucky’s laws can always be defended by our office.”
Cameron’s team defended HB 454 on behalf of the Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The Sixth Circuit upheld an injunction against the law in a split vote, and the Beshear administration refused to appeal and continue defending the law. Cameron attempted to intervene in the case two days later to ensure the law continued to receive a full defense, but the Sixth Circuit denied his motion.
The brief argues that as the “chief law officer” for the commonwealth, the attorney general must be allowed to intervene in the case given how quickly he acted.
Cameron’s office is expected to argue the case before the Supreme Court this fall. To view a copy of the brief, click here