Kentucky pro-life advocates are working harder than ever this summer to protect the future of unborn babies’ rights in their state.
On Nov. 8, voters will be asked to amend the Kentucky Constitution to make it clear that aborting unborn babies is not a right and taxpayers should not be forced to pay for their deaths. Ballot Amendment 2 states: “To protect human life, nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”
According to Kentucky Today, pro-life organizations with the Yes for Life Alliance have been holding training events and rallies to educate voters, and they plan to host a big rally in October in Frankfort.
They also set up a website, YesforLifeKY.com, with information and resources to help pro-life Kentuckians spread the word.
Addia Wuchner, executive director of Kentucky Right to Life, which is part of the alliance, told the news outlet that pro-abortion groups already are spreading fear and misinformation. She said the amendment itself does not ban abortions; it allows voters to decide on abortion laws rather than be restricted by a court ruling.
“We are fully engaged in the Yes-For-Life campaign to ensure passage of Ballot Amendment #2,” said Wuchner, who also is a registered nurse. “Voting YES will stop the radical abortion agenda in our state, and it will prevent taxpayer funding of abortion. The amendment ensures that our duly elected legislators make the laws of our state, as our Constitution requires.”
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“This amendment would ensure that our lawmakers, and therefore us through voting for our elected representatives in Frankfort, continue to have the ability to be the ones to make decisions on these issues,” said David Walls, executive director of The Family Foundation. …
When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, abortion was immediately banned in the commonwealth—until a circuit court judge blocked the law. The state’s abortion providers challenged the ban on the basis that the state’s constitutional right to privacy leaves room for the legality of elective abortion. The constitutionality of abortion in Kentucky is still being considered in court, but Constitutional Amendment 2 would end the debate.
Other pro-life organizations in the alliance include the Kentucky Baptist Convention, the Catholic Conference of Kentucky, Sisters for Life and the Commonwealth Policy Center. The pro-abortion coalition Protect Kentucky Access is advocating against the amendment.
Last week, in a big victory for life, the Kentucky Supreme Court allowed the state to temporarily enforce its pro-life abortion ban. The ruling means the two abortion facilities, Planned Parenthood and EMW Clinic in Louisville, are not allowed to kill unborn babies while the case moves forward.
Since the abortion ban went into effect, EMW Women’s Surgical Center said it has canceled about 200 abortions.
Pro-life advocates said the amendment will prevent activist judges from striking down state pro-life laws and forcing taxpayers to pay for abortions in Kentucky, as has happened in other states.
For example, in 2018, West Virginia voters passed a pro-life constitutional amendment after decades of being forced by a court ruling to fund elective abortions with their tax dollars. Tennessee approved a similar amendment in 2014, as did Louisiana in 2020.