Pro-Life Amendment 2 in Kentucky Needs Your Vote, Abortion Activists Spend Millions Attacking It

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 27, 2022   |   6:16PM   |   Frankfort, Kentucky

Abortion advocacy groups are dumping millions of dollars into Kentucky to persuade voters to reject a state constitutional amendment.

On the ballot in November, Amendment 2 would clarify that there is no right to an abortion in the Kentucky Constitution. The state already protects unborn babies by banning abortions, but the amendment would prevent future court rulings from striking down its pro-life laws.

According to the Louisville Courier Journal, out-of-state abortion groups have donated millions of dollars to Project Kentucky Access, the campaign opposing the amendment.

Campaign finance reports published Wednesday show the pro-abortion group has raised $5.2 million compared to $952,000 for the pro-life Yes for Life campaign.

“We expected to be outspent,” said Addia Wuchner, executive director of Kentucky Right to Life and Yes for Life chairwoman.

Pro-abortion groups frequently outspend pro-life organizations on elections as many news outlets have reported in recent years, but the pro-life movement still wins many elections because it has the truth and strong grassroots support on its side.

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In an interview Monday on Kentucky Tonight, Wuchner said the outside money is being used to deceive voters with misleading and fear-mongering ads about banning miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy treatments.

“We’re watching a flood of money, not Kentucky money, not Kentucky voters, but money coming in from New York, Massachusetts to affect this policy on the ballot,” Wuchner said. She pointed out that state lawmakers passed pro-life laws because they heard “from their constituents, … not outside money influencing the vote.”

Donations to the pro-abortion campaign include $500,000 each from the Advocacy Action Fund of Menlo Park in California; the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropy of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and the Sixteen Thirty Fund, of Washington, D.C., according to the Courier Journal.

Several Planned Parenthood affiliates, the American Civil Liberties Union and New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg also donated, the report states.

In comparison, almost all the funding for the Yes for Life campaign has come from within the state, including from the Catholic Conference of Kentucky, the Kentucky Baptist Convention, Kentucky Right to Life and the Family Foundation of Kentucky, according to the report.

Amendment 2 would 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 abortions. It 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.”

A recent Civiqs poll found 53 percent of Kentucky voters believe abortions should be illegal in most or all cases, compared to 43 percent who believe abortions should be legal in most or all cases.

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.

Kentucky is one of more than a dozen states that protects unborn babies by banning abortions after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.

Its pro-life laws forced the two abortion facilities in the state, Planned Parenthood and EMW Clinic in Louisville, to stop aborting unborn babies, saving thousands of lives. Approximately 4,000 unborn babies were aborted every year in the state.