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Angela Cooper, ACLU-KY Communications Director  |  (502) 759-2171 

October 12, 2021

Credit: Michelle Frankfurter / ACLU


The following statement can be attributed to ACLU-KY Staff Attorney Heather Gatnarek: 

“Our partners at the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project argued today that Daniel Cameron should not be allowed to intervene in our challenge to a Kentucky ban on a standard abortion care procedure known as D&E. The procedure is safe and effective for providing abortion care often beginning about 15 weeks of pregnancy, and this ban would effectively end all care after that time. 

Two lower courts struck the law down as unconstitutional and the state agreed to comply with the court’s decision. However, A.G. Cameron is attempting to break his office’s agreement and revive this unconstitutional ban. 

The matter before the Supreme Court of the United States is not a decision on this abortion ban, but one of legal procedure. When this law was struck down the second time, Attorney General Cameron failed to file a notice of appeal with the Sixth Circuit for the United States Court of Appeals and his office agreed to be bound by the court’s judgment. He should not be allowed to intervene simply because the courts ruled in a way he did not like.  

Abortion remains legal in Kentucky, and ACLU-KY and our partners will continue fighting to make sure it stays that way.” 

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