The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 8-1 that Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has the right to defend a restrictive abortion law that passed the state legislature in 2022.
The law would ban the dilation and evacuation abortion method, the most common procedure used during the second trimester. Former Republican Gov. Matt Bevin signed it into law.
The measure was challenged through the American Civil Liberties Union and the EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville, 1 of 2 remaining facilities in the state that provide abortions. It was struck down in 2022 by a federal court, ruling that it might have made a \”substantial obstacle\” for people seeking abortions in Kentucky.
The Supreme Court decision allows Cameron to step in and defend the twice-struck-down law, after Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear declined to appeal it.
During a news conference outside the state Capitol Thursday, Cameron said the ruling would be a \”banner moment for Kentucky\” and the anti-abortion movement.
\”It's an indication that the cause, especially one as essential as this one, isn't lost as long as there are men and women who're dedicated to preserving it,\” he said.
Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, senior staff attorney using the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project and lead counsel for EMW Women's Surgical Center, denounced the decision in a statement.
\”Politicians in Kentucky will work overtime to force people to continue pregnancies against their will, instead of doing what's best for the people they're designed to serve,\” Kolbi-Molinas said.
This development comes as Republican lawmakers in Kentucky make an effort to restrict or end abortion altogether through several different avenues. Kentucky is one of twelve states with so-called \”trigger laws\” in position, which may totally ban the procedure immediately if the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision is overturned come july 1st.
The Kentucky House recently passed a GOP-led measure that will make it harder for minors to get abortions within the state and restrict use of medication abortions. The is through now being considered through the state Senate.
In the fall, Kentucky voters will consider a Constitutional amendment that would preclude state courts from providing protections for abortion.