FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The following statement can be attributed to ACLU-KY Policy Strategist Jackie McGranahan:
“The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky applauds Governor Beshear’s veto today of House Bill 2. The bill would allow anti-abortion Attorney General Daniel Cameron to interfere with and undermine regulatory powers currently held by career health experts at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
House Bill 2 is a blatant attempt by anti-abortion politicians and their allies to work in tandem to make it harder for Kentuckians to access reproductive health care, including safe, legal abortion. HB 2 is clearly not about improving health and safety, as it singles out providers of abortion care – an already incredibly tightly regulated area of healthcare – and no other types of healthcare providers. Attorney General Cameron has demonstrated he would target abortion providers, and even punish them with criminal and civil penalties if he were given authorities like those in HB 2.
We hope lawmakers will focus on the real issues facing the commonwealth when they return to Frankfort in February, and decline to consider overriding the Governor’s veto.”
View PDFs of House Bill 2 and the Governor's veto letter below.