As the 2014 General Assembly gets underway, reproductive freedom in the commonwealth is already under attack from all sides.
Within hours of the first gavel, three pieces of anti-abortion legislation were filed in the Kentucky Senate. Since then additional anti-abortion bills have been filed in both the House and Senate. Here is a listing of the bills we oppose, and are working hard to stop:
- HB184-A bill that would limit access to safe, legal abortions by requiring a woman seeking an abortion to come to a clinic 24 hours prior to her procedure, and would set requirements for information a doctor would have to share with her.
- SB3-A bill that would force a woman seeking an abortion to come to a clinic 24 hours prior to her procedure and to make her receive an ultrasound and listen to the results of the ultrasound.
- HB163-A bill that would place unnecessary restrictions on doctors treating patients that are seeking an abortion.
- HB132-A bill that would regulate abortions in relation to the detection of a fetal heartbeat.
- SB57-A bill that would ban nearly all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
- SB 8-Legislation that would force a woman seeking an abortion to receive an ultrasound and listen to the results of the ultrasound regardless of her wishes.
- HB180-Legislation that would impose additional restrictions on the judicial bypass system.
- HB575-A bill that would require a woman seeking an abortion to have an unnecessary ultrasound, and would require abortion providers to link to information on their websites about “public and private agencies and services that are available to assist her through her pregnancy.”
There are a couple of things you can do right now to make sure additional limits aren’t placed on the already limited access to abortion services for Kentucky families. You can TAKE ACTION by contacting legislators by email. You can call the legislative message line at 1.800.372.7181 and leave this message for your Senator and Representative “Kentucky lawmakers should not interfere with a family’s ability to make its own decisions.” Stay up-to-date with reproductive freedom issues in the 2014 General Assembly on our RFP legislative page.
- ACLU of KY Courier Journal Op-Ed "Bills would prove costly to Kentucky"
- ACLU of KY Courier Journal Op-Ed "Numbers to Celebrate-or fight-on Rights"