Hundreds of Pro-Lifers Protest Kentucky Governor for Closing Churches, Keeping Abortion Clinics Open

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Apr 16, 2020   |   1:00PM   |   Frankfort, KY

Hundreds of Kentuckians traveled Wednesday to the state capital to protest Gov. Andy Beshear’s health restrictions that are allowing abortion facilities to remain open while closing churches and businesses.

Beshear’s restrictions on elective medical procedures, non-essential businesses and gatherings of more than 10 people are supposed to save lives during the coronavirus pandemic. But the pro-abortion Democrat governor has refused to apply those same restrictions to the state’s only abortion facility, which continues to destroy unborn babies and put mothers at risk.

“Abortion is not essential!” was among the protesters’ calls as they stood outside the Capitol, Kentucky Today reports. At several points, their shouts could be heard as Beshear was giving his daily briefing inside.

WSAZ estimated there were hundreds of protesters Wednesday in Frankfort. Most practiced social distancing by staying at least 6 feet apart, wearing masks and/or staying in their vehicles.

Some shouted “Tyranny kills!” and others urged the governor to allow them to return to work. Others held pro-life signs, including one that read “Every life matters,” and encouraged the governor to stop abortions if he wants to save lives during the crisis.

“I think the governor is endangering a lot of people by not letting families work,” one woman told Fox 56.

During his news conference, Beshear said the protesters’ demands would jeopardize lives.

“They believe we should reopen Kentucky right now,” Beshear said about the protesters, according to Fox 56. “Folks, that would kill people.”

However, he refused to do anything to stop abortions, which also kill people. The pro-life Family Foundation estimated at least 500 unborn babies have been aborted in Kentucky since March 1.

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“All decisions on what is an elective procedure or not are made by healthcare professionals. I have had zero input on those decisions whatsoever,” Beshear said of abortions, according to Kentucky Today.

Meanwhile, he is allowing authorities to crack down on church-goers for attending worship services on Easter. Beshear said large gatherings pose a risk to society.

Here’s more from the report:

Beshear also responded to news of a federal lawsuit being filed by three people who attended an in-person worship service last Sunday at Maryville Baptist Church in Bullitt County against being quarantined.

“There are so many different ways to worship and all but one church in this Commonwealth are engaged in them,” he said. “You can do it virtually, and you can do it at a drive-in service. In many states they are not allowing drive-in services. This opportunity to worship, which is so important, is still there. We just ask people to choose one of the versions that doesn’t spread the coronavirus.”

Earlier this week, state lawmakers slammed Beshear for showing favoritism to the abortion industry. State Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, pointed out that Beshear received campaign donations from the only abortion facility in the state.

“The most dangerous place right now to be during the COVID-19 crisis in Kentucky is inside your mother’s womb,” Alvarado said, the Courier Journal reports.

On Wednesday, the legislature voted to give state Attorney General Daniel Cameron the power to shut down abortion facilities during the crisis. Cameron is a pro-life Republican who recently urged state health leaders to close abortion facilities that refuse to comply with the current health restrictions.

The only abortion facility in the state, EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville, is still aborting unborn babies. Planned Parenthood currently is working with Beshear to obtain a license to do abortions in the state as well.

Recently, medical groups representing more than 30,000 doctors in America emphasized that abortions are not “essential” or “urgent,” and abortion facilities that continue to operate during the pandemic are being “medically irresponsible.”