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Angela Cooper, ACLU of Kentucky Communications Director  |  502-759-2171 (call/text)

March 29, 2022

Credit: American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

The following statement can be attributed to ACLU of Kentucky Policy Strategist Jackie McGranahan regarding final passage of House Bill 3:

House Bill 3 is designed to push a safe and effective method of abortion care out of reach, shame and ostracize patients, and make the process of seeking and providing abortion care so difficult that patients will forgo care and providers may be forced to close their doors.   

Final passage of House Bill 3 demonstrates abject ignorance of medical science and is a dangerous effort to push important reproductive healthcare out of reach for all Kentuckians, regardless of their circumstances.  

Kentucky legislators have continued to use the power of the state to force people to remain pregnant against their will, and it is clear they will stop at nothing until all Kentuckians are unable to make these important decisions for themselves. No government should ever have the authority to force a person to remain pregnant against their will. These moments determine the trajectory of a person’s life and wellbeing, and decisions about them must be made by the people in them.  

House Bill 3 is an extensive 60+ page bill with several provisions designed to restrict access to safe and effective medication abortion care. Proponents say these restrictions are to improve safety, yet they fly in the face of healthcare provider’s and regulators’ recommendations. Abortion care is an extremely safe practice with lower complication rates than simple procedures like wisdom tooth extractions. HB3 is so extreme it would even make it more difficult for minors who have survived violence or trafficking to seek care. 

There are many concerns regarding patient privacy throughout the bill. We attempted to work with legislators to remove some of these privacy concerns with limited success. 

Further, this bill is unclear on what patients must do when it comes to the tissue that is left from medication abortion and miscarriage. This dangerous unclarity could unintentionally harm Kentuckians who have had a medication abortion or miscarriage.   

We wrote to the House Standing Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection clearly outlining our concerns before they considered House Bill 3. We also testified in committee alongside a practicing Kentucky OBGYN, social workers, and a Kentuckian who sought medically-necessary care. Lawmakers instead chose to listen to an out-of-state emergency physician who is running for elected office. 

This poorly written bill inserts politics into medicine, aggressively sidelines science in healthcare, and threatens the wellbeing of Kentuckians. House Bill 3 has nothing to do with improving patient safety; it’s just another way for extreme Kentucky politicians to push their political agenda at the expense of their constituents’ lives.