Gov. Bevin ceremonially signs bills targeting abortion during Kentucky Right to Life Association rally

02/08/2017 04:07 PM

FRANKFORT — They were among the first bills he signed into law, but Governor Matt Bevin took a victory lap of sorts on Wednesday as he ceremonially signed bills mandating pre-abortion ultrasounds and banning abortions past 20 weeks of conception.

Bevin was the featured speaker at the event, which was held in the Capitol Rotunda and attracted hundreds of supporters.

There, he signed Senate Bill 5 and House Bill 2 with an infant boy in his arms.

Both bills had emergency clauses, making them immediately effective after Bevin signed them into law last month.

Holding the young boy close, Bevin said he and kids like him are the reasons why pro-life advocates are fighting against abortion.

He noted than 83 percent of the General Assembly voted for the bills ceremonially signed on Wednesday.

“The beautiful thing is this: I have no idea nor does this child have any idea whether he’s going to grow up to be a Republican or a Democrat, and you know what? It doesn’t matter because this legislation was passed by Republicans and Democrats,” Bevin said.

“Because you know what? Life, the sanctity of human life, respect for human life, the protection of the innocent, the vulnerable being protected by a government that could harm them but instead is used for their good and protection, that does not know party.”

The rally, hosted by the Kentucky Right to Life Association, was partly to pat Bevin and other elected officials on the back for the work they’ve done this session and partly to rail against abortion laws.

Cecil Blye Jr., pastor of Louisville’s More Grace Ministries, said pro-life supporters need to prepare for a funeral, predicting the downfall of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

“Roe v. Wade is going to be deceased,” he said, drawing cheers from the crowd. “It’s going to be deceased and we have to eulogize Roe v. Wade, and on the headstone when we bury Roe v. Wade, the headstone’s going to say decided Jan. 22, 1973, overturned such-and-such date because God made a way out of no way.”

Others who spoke include representatives from the Kentucky Right to Life Association, Silent No More, the Family Foundation of Kentucky, the Kentucky Baptist Convention and the Catholic Conference of Kentucky.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135.


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