FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The following statement can be attributed to ACLU-KY Policy Strategist Jackie McGranahan:
"The Kentucky General Assembly continued its years-long attack on reproductive freedom today with the passage of House Bill 91, a proposed amendment to Kentucky’s Constitution to entirely deny the right to abortion care, even in cases of rape, incest, or life-threatening conditions. It would also enshrine an existing law prohibiting private insurance companies from covering abortion care.
This amendment will likely appear on ballots in the next election. The ACLU of Kentucky will continue to work to defend Kentuckians’ reproductive freedom.
The government should never have the authority to force someone to remain pregnant against their will. The General Assembly will stop at nothing to push constitutionally-protected abortion care entirely out of reach, even for people whose lives depend on it. Passing such extreme legislation shows Kentucky lawmakers want to force their constituents to remain pregnant against their will, even if they are victims and survivors of rape or incest.
At best, House Bill 91 will shame and ostracize patients and healthcare providers. At worst, it will cost lives."