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Kentucky Legislature Passes Abortion Discrimination Bill; ACLU Says It s Suing
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Mar 14, 2019 10:58 AM 1+ week ago

The Kentucky Senate has voted to ban doctors from performing abortions if they believe the person seeking the procedure wants it because of the fetus' race, sex or disability. The measure now heads to Gov. Matt Bevin for final approval.

Heather Gatnarek, a staff attorney at the ACLU of Kentucky, said the bill would interfere with a person's right to decide whether to end a pregnancy.

"The passage of House Bill 5 represents a thinly veiled effort of the Kentucky General Assembly to advance their anti-abortion agenda under the guise of an anti-discrimination bill. This law will do nothing to improve the lives of Kentuckians with disabilities," Gatnarek said in a statement.

House Bill 5 is one of several anti-abortion bills proposed during this year's legislative session and will become the latest in a long line of legal challenges between the ACLU and the Bevin administration.

Sen. Ralph Alvarado, a Republican from Winchester, sponsored the bill in the Senate. He said the ...

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