This anti-abortion bill was sidelined by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Lawmakers will make bills like this a priority for the next legislative session.
We oppose this attempt to expand the role of the Auditor of Public Accounts to audit the vital statistics reports of Kentucky's only abortion clinic. The Auditor of Public Accounts is charged with ensuring public resources are protected, accurately valued and properly accounted for, and also effectively employed to raise the quality of life for Kentuckians. Kentucky's abortion clinic does not receive any public funding. The clinic complies with all state law and is already monitored by numerous state agencies.
It is not the public auditor's role to monitor a privately-funded abortion clinic. This office is charged with serving the taxpayers of the Commonwealth, not the whims of anti-abortion legislators.
HB391 is one of many bills that directly target abortion providers. Bills like HB391 impose burdensome regulations on providers that are politically-motivated, often impossible to comply with, and do not make anyone safer or healthier. These are known as "TRAP laws," or targeted regulations on abortion providers.
The ultimate goal of bills like HB391 is to force abortion providers to close their doors and make abortion completely inaccessible to all Kentuckians. The government should never have the authority to force a person to remain pregnant against their will.
- Introduced: 2/6/20
- Passed House Committee: 3/5/20
- Passed House: N/A
- Accepted by Senate: N/A
- Passed Senate Committee: N/A
- Passed Senate: N/A
- Sent to Governor: N/A