A Kentucky House committee advanced a major pro-life bill Tuesday to protect unborn babies and mothers by banning mail-order abortion drugs, taxpayer funding for abortions and more.
Sponsored by state Rep. Nancy Tate, R-Brandenburg, the legislation would prohibit dangerous abortion drugs from being sold or distributed through the mail. Instead, it would require abortion facilities provide the direct, in-person medical supervision of a doctor to women taking the abortion drugs, and require that women be informed about the life-saving abortion pill reversal procedure.
“God granted all of us, born and unborn, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” Tate said. “It is not the right of any person to take this gift away from the weakest among us, who cannot protect themselves no matter the circumstances. I am and will always be an advocate for our children.”
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The bill also would ban taxpayer funding to abortion groups and strengthen a state law that requires parental consent for minors seeking abortions. Additionally, abortion facilities would be required to bury or cremate the remains of aborted babies. The legislation also would require the state pharmacy board to establish a complaint portal on its website for abortion complaints.
During the committee meeting Tuesday, Planned Parenthood lobbyist Tamarra Weider attacked the bill as anti-scientific, according to Spectrum News.
“There is no legitimate scientific or medical evidence to suggest that abortion reversal is possible,” Weider said. “Like the rest of this bill, this requirement directly contradicts the recommendations of the nation’s leading medical experts and in doing so, it will put patients at risk.”
But the abortion industry ignores the medical experts and studies that confirm the abortion pill reversal is safe and effective for both mother and baby and the abortion pill itself is dangerous. To-date, more than 3,000 babies’ lives have been saved through the reversal procedure, according to Heartbeat International.
Sue Liebel, of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, countered Weider’s claims, pointing lawmakers to recent studies showing the abortion drug has a much higher complication rate than surgical abortions, the report continues.
“You’ve already heard that abortion drugs are four times more dangerous for a woman than a surgery,” Liebel said. “A recent study just released that between 2002 and 2015, emergency room visits rose more than 500 percent after the chemical abortion functions that were producing complications.”
State Rep. Bill Wesley, R-Ravenna, reminded lawmakers that the purpose of the bill is to protect unborn babies, the Associated Press reports.
“We’re talking about the life of a human being — a baby,” Wesley said. “That’s the discussion today. It’s not a ball of cells. It’s not a blob. It’s a life.”
The bill has a good chance of passing. Gov. Andy Beshear is a pro-abortion Democrat, but Republicans control the state legislature by a majority strong enough to override the governor’s veto.
Kentucky is one of 26 states that almost certainly would ban abortions if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade this summer, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
Many states are taking action to protect unborn babies from abortion this year in anticipation of the possibility that the Supreme Court will return the power to legislate abortion to the states.
This week, Georgia and South Dakota also advanced legislation to protect unborn babies and mothers from dangerous abortion drugs after the Biden administration began allowing the drugs to be sold through the mail without the woman ever seeing a doctor.
The abortion drug mifepristone is used for more than half of all abortions in the United States, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute. That equates to nearly half a million unborn babies every year.