KY Supreme Court: Life-Saving Protections for Unborn Children Remain in Effect During Litigation

For Immediate Release: February 16, 2023
Contact: Kelsey Pritchard, [email protected]

Abortion Businesses Lack Standing; AG Cameron Hails ‘Significant Victory’ in Defending State’s Pro-Life Laws

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky’s Human Life Protection Act and Heartbeat Law remain in effect during ongoing litigation, following a state Supreme Court decision today reversing a lower court’s injunction on the laws. The justices ruled that the abortion lobby lacks third-party standing in the case and affirmed the Court of Appeals’ holding that the circuit court abused its discretion by granting the injunction request.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron celebrated the decision in a statement released earlier today:

“Since the U.S. Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade last June, we have vigorously defended Kentucky’s Human Life Protection Act and Heartbeat Law. We are very pleased that Kentucky’s high court has allowed these laws to remain in effect while the case proceeds in circuit court.

“This is a significant victory, and we will continue to stand up for the unborn by defending these laws.”

SBA Pro-Life America’s Midwest Regional Director Sue Liebel commented:

“Today marks a welcome step forward in the fight for unborn lives in Kentucky in the new Dobbs era. The people of Kentucky and their legislature have clearly expressed their desire to protect life as broadly as possible – even overriding pro-abortion Governor Beshear. Lives will be saved while these laws remain in effect, and we hope and pray the lower courts will respect Kentuckians’ will and base their decisions in this case on the Constitution and rule of law.

“We applaud Attorney General Cameron for his unfailing determination in defending Kentucky’s laws and we are grateful for all of the ways he is courageously advancing the cause of life, both by protecting the unborn and standing for the dignity of mothers.”

Enacted in 2019, the Human Life Protection Act protects unborn children throughout pregnancy, with an exception to protect the mother’s life if she suffers from a life-threatening medical condition. Kentucky’s law protecting the unborn when their heartbeat can be detected was also enacted in 2019. The human heart is one of the first organs to form, and by six weeks’ gestation, an unborn baby’s heart rate is approximately 110 beats per minute. Both laws were signed by then-Governor Matt Bevin.

Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America is a network of more than one million 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.


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