Decisions about pregnancy are deeply personal and are best made by the pregnant person themselves. The government should never have the authority to force a person to remain pregnant against their will.
Everyone needs access to safe and affordable abortion care. Nearly 25% of women have an abortion by 45 years of age, but restrictions affect different Kentuckians in different ways:
Almost 67% of Kentuckians who seek abortion care have at least one child. Many are single parents burdened by poverty. Nearly 20% of these Kentucky families live in deep poverty, earning 50% or less than the federal poverty line.
Some people who want to be pregnant must end their pregnancy because of health complications. Arbitrary abortion restrictions put politicians between patients and doctors.
There are only two clinics in Kentucky. Getting to the clinics in Louisville is a long drive from Eastern and Western Kentucky. Long-distance travel requires additional resources to cover transportation costs, time off work, and childcare.
Survivors of violence and sexual assault:
Pregnant people have an elevated risk of domestic violence. They should be free from interference to make the decisions that are best for themselves.
Abortion restrictions often fall into three categories:
- Bans on certain medical procedures
- Bans depending on the patient’s reason for seeking abortion care
- Unnecessary regulations that do not improve health outcomes, but make it difficult or impossible for clinics to obtain a license to operate
561 bills restricting access to abortion care were introduced in state legislatures between January and June 2021. 97 were enacted as of August 2021.