Kentucky Governor Candidate Andy Beshear Holds Fundraiser With Local Abortionists

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 1, 2019   |   4:33PM   |   Washington, DC

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin blasted his Democratic opponent Thursday for accepting “blood money” from a local abortion practitioner.

Bevin, a Republican with a strong pro-life record, is running for re-election against state Attorney General Andy Beshear, a pro-abortion Democrat. In 2017, Beshear refused to defend a Kentucky law that protects unborn babies from abortions after 20 weeks.

Then, this summer, Beshear accepted campaign money from Kentucky abortionist Ernest Marshall and his wife, WKYT reports.

Marshall runs the only abortion clinic in Kentucky, EMW Women’s Center in Louisville. He used to run a second abortion facility in Lexington, but Bevin’s administration shut it down in 2016 for health violations.

“Andy Beshear’s extreme stance on abortion is grossly out of line with the values of Kentuckians, and now he is proudly accepting blood money, earned from the murder of innocent, unborn children, to fund his floundering campaign,” Bevin said Thursday, highlighting the connection between Marshall and his opponent, LEX 18 reports.

According to local news reports, Marshall and his wife co-hosted a fundraising event for Beshear on Wednesday and donated money to his campaign. WKYT reports the cost to attend the fundraiser VIP reception was $1,000, and the minimum donation was $500.

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Lexington Herald Leader reports more:

Bevin implied the donations led Beshear, as attorney general, to refuse to mount a legal defense of abortion restrictions passed by the legislature in recent years. He accused Beshear of being “in collusion” with the owners of EMW.

“This is a state where we value the sanctity of human life,” Bevin said. “It is the job of the attorney general to defend those laws, whether it’s the heartbeat law, the dismemberment law, the eugenics, whatever they are, you know what bills they are.”

Bevin also said the attorney general “has a track record of accepting tainted money to further his family’s political agenda.”

Beshear’s campaign lashed back at the governor, accusing him of being “unhinged and erratic.”

“Reasonable and good people can disagree on choice — his outlandish language is dangerous and unacceptable,” campaign manager Eric Hyers said.

Bevin has a strong record of protecting unborn babies and mothers from abortion. He has cracked down on abortion clinics, ensuring that they meet basic health and safety regulations and making them stop abortions if they fail. In 2016, his administration took legal action against Planned Parenthood after its new Lexington facility began aborting unborn babies without a license. That facility still is prohibited from aborting unborn babies.

As governor, Bevin has signed multiple pro-life laws, including measures to ban abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, protect unborn babies with Down syndrome from discrimination and protect unborn babies from brutal dismemberment abortions.

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said Bevin is a pro-life hero, and the Kentucky abortion lobby is trying desperately to unseat him.

“Kentucky’s abortion lobby wants Andy Beshear elected because they know they will get whatever they want,” Dannenfelser said. “Beshear’s refusal to do his job as attorney general and defend popular pro-life laws passed by the legislature is a disgrace, but the funding of his campaign with profits from the brutality of abortion shows just how radical he truly is. Kentuckians deserve so much better.”