A new Kentucky bill would allow voters to amend their state constitution to clarify that there is no “right” to abort an unborn baby.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports state Rep. Joseph Fischer introduced House Bill 67 this month to ensure that voters and the lawmakers who they elect will be the ones who make decisions about abortion, not the courts.
“Right now in our state, there is no constitutional right to an abortion. This simply confirms that and puts the issue of regulating abortion to the legislature, not the court,” Fischer told the newspaper Tuesday.
His bill would amend the Kentucky Constitution to include the following language: “To protect human life, nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to an abortion or require the funding of abortion.”
If it passes the state legislature, the language would be included on the November election ballot for voters’ approval.
West Virginia voters passed a similar state constitutional amendment in 2018 after decades of being forced by a court ruling to fund elective abortions with taxpayer dollars. The amendment also will make it easier for state lawmakers to pass pro-life laws in the future.
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Louisiana voters will have a similar opportunity to add a pro-life amendment to their constitution in November. In June, the state legislature approved a constitutional amendment similar to those in West Virginia and Kentucky. Its sponsor was pro-life Democrat state Rep. Katrina Jackson.
Benjamin Clapper, executive director of Louisiana Right to Life, said the measure is necessary to protect unborn babies from death by abortion on demand.
“The Supreme Courts of 12 other states (as recently as 2018 in Iowa) have found a right to abortion in their state constitutions, striking down common-sense pro-life laws in the short term and ensuring abortion-on-demand in their states even if Roe v. Wade is overturned,” he said. “We cannot let that happen in Louisiana. By passing the Love Life Amendment we can place our pro-life values of respecting every human life at the heart of our state.”
Kentuckians may have that same opportunity if the state legislature passes Fischer’s bill.