Senate passes 20 week abortion ban

01/05/2017 06:28 PM

FRANKFORT — Republicans in the state Senate were joined by four Democratic lawmakers on Thursday in passing a law which would make abortions after 20 weeks into a pregnancy illegal.

Senate Bill 5 passed the full Senate with a 30 – 6 vote with Democratic Senators Ray Jones, Dorsey Ridley, Dennis Parrett and Johnny Ray Turner joining their Republican colleagues in voting the bill out of the upper chamber.

However, not everyone in the Senate was in favor of the bill. Democratic Sen Reggie Thomas of Lexington voted against the bill, saying government should not tell a woman how to regulate her own body.

Despite initially telling reporters on Tuesday that the bill contained exceptions for rape and incest Sen. Brandon Smith, R-Hazard, the sponsor of Senate Bill 5 did concede when asked about the bill that there was no provision allowing an abortion after 20-weeks in those cases.

“After 20-weeks, because now you have a viable child here … After 20 weeks this child has a fighting chance to come into this world and not be terminated at that point,” Smith said.

The legislation now heads to the House for their consideration. The bill does contain an emergency clause, which means the law would go into effect once concurred on in the House and signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky.

Video produced by senior reporter Don Weber

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