FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2022
Contact: Mallory Carroll, [email protected]
Washington, D.C. – Today the Kentucky Legislature overrode Governor Andy Beshear (D)’s veto of H.B. 3, pro-life legislation authored by State Rep. Nancy Tate (R-27), a member of SBA List’s National Pro-life Women’s Caucus, that protects unborn children from painful late abortions, stops dangerous mail-order abortion drugs, and more. Science shows unborn children can feel pain by 15 weeks and that chemical abortion poses a growing public health threat.
The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) praised the legislature and slammed Beshear’s veto in a statement:
“We’re proud of the Kentucky Legislature for standing up to pro-abortion Governor Beshear,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Beshear is an extremist who regularly sides with the abortion lobby against constituents and must be held accountable. Like most Americans, Kentuckians want commonsense safeguards for unborn babies and their mothers and reject abortion on demand. We thank all our allies who fought to get this legislation across the finish line, and we hope the U.S. Supreme Court will soon allow the people and their legislators nationwide to enact laws that save lives.”
Charlotte Lozier Institute, SBA List’s research arm, estimates that 344 abortions at 15 weeks’ gestation or later were performed in Kentucky in 2020. Additionally, chemical abortions rose 13%, composing 51% of the 4,104 abortions performed in the state that year.
A first-of-its-kind study in the journal Health Services and Managerial Epidemiology found that the rate of emergency room visits related to chemical abortion drugs increased by more than 500% from 2002-2015.
In the last year Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas have enacted state-level safeguards against mail-order abortion drugs, with additional states considering action.
SBA List is a network of 900,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.