Groups voice opposition to House and Senate anti-abortion bills

01/04/2017 01:49 PM

FRANKFORT – A day after two anti-abortion measures, SB5 and HB2 were filed and placed on a fast track to passage, advocates from the American Civil Liberties of Kentucky (ACLU), Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky and other pro-choice groups voiced their concerns about the consequences should the legislation become law.

SB5, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks into a pregnancy and HB2, known as the Ultrasound Informed Consent Act, would require an ultrasound prior to an abortion being performed.

ACLU of Kentucky Advocacy Director Kate Miller says that decision to have an abortion is not an easy one. and no one, other than the person who is pregnant, is in a position to make the decision for someone else.

“When it comes to your pregnancy, who decides,” Miller asked in a press conference. “Your state representative, your state senator, our governor? The decision to choose adoption, end of pregnancy, or raise a child must be left up to the woman along with the council of her family and her medical professionals.”

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky External Affairs Director Tamarri Wieder spoke directly to lawmakers in stating her opposition to the legislation.

“Governor Bevin, Senate Leader Stivers, Speaker Hoover, what happens between my doctor and I is none of your business,” Wider said. “I trust that I cannot make this any clearer.”

The groups will host a “We ARE Kentucky: Days of Action for Reproduction Rights” rally on Thursday at 1:00 in the Capitol Rotunda.

Both bills will be heard in committee meetings Wednesday afternoon.


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