Kentucky House Passes Pro-Life Bill to Save More Babies From Abortions

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 3, 2022   |   1:45PM   |   Frankfort, Kentucky

Kentucky House lawmakers passed a major pro-life bill Wednesday to protect unborn babies and mothers by banning mail-order abortion drugs, taxpayer funding for abortions and more.

The Humanity in Healthcare Act (House Bill 3) passed by an overwhelming majority in a 77-20 vote with a few Democrats joining Republicans in supporting it, according to Kentucky Today. The bill now heads to the state Senate for consideration.

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 to 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.

“This bill codifies longstanding medical practice standards and the FDA regulations, such as independent verification of pregnancy, in-person dispensing [of abortion drugs] and RH negativity treatment, if needed,” Tate told lawmakers before the vote, according to the report.

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.

State Rep. Melinda Prunty, R-Greenville, who voted in favor of the bill, said requiring direct medical supervision for chemical abortions (abortion drugs) is “all about the safety of women,” WHOP News Radio reports.

Kentucky is one of many states taking action to require that abortion drugs be provided in person by a doctor after the Biden administration began allowing abortion businesses to sell the drugs through the mail.

ACTION ALERT: To support pro-life legislation, Contact Kentucky state senators.

Testifying before a House committee earlier this week, Sue Liebel, of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, pointed lawmakers to recent studies showing the need for the legislation, according to Spectrum News 1.

“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 [found] that between 2002 and 2015, emergency room visits rose more than 500 percent after the chemical abortion functions that were producing complications.”

However, an ACLU Kentucky spokesperson contradicted Liebel in a statement after the vote, claiming abortions have a lower complication rate than a wisdom tooth extraction.

“House Bill 3 is designed to push a safe and effective method of abortion care out of reach, shame and ostracize patients, and make the process of seeking and providing abortion care so difficult that patients will forgo care and providers will close their doors,” ACLU-KY policy strategist Jackie McGranahan said.

McGranahan also criticized a provision in the bill that would issue birth certificates for miscarried and aborted babies, claiming it would violate patient privacy.

Before the final vote, several Democrat lawmakers introduced amendments that would have weakened the bill, but none passed. One odd amendment would have given Jewish women a special exemption; state Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville, who filed it, said Judaism does not teach that a unique new human life begins at conception, according to the Courier Journal.

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. 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.

ACTION ALERT: To support pro-life legislation, Contact Kentucky state senators.