TODAY: SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments in Kentucky AG’s Dismemberment Abortion Ban Case

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SBA List Praises Cameron, Urges SCOTUS to Affirm AG Standing to Defend Pro-life Law 

Washington, D.C. – Today the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Cameron v. EMW Women’s Surgical Center. The case concerns efforts by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to reinstate Kentucky’s pro-life law, the Human Rights of Unborn Children Act, which stops gruesome dismemberment abortions. The Court will answer the question of whether the attorney general has standing to defend the law on behalf of the commonwealth of Kentucky.

The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) issued the following statement in support of the law and Attorney General Cameron: 

“The people of Kentucky, acting through their legislators, took action to protect unborn children and women from barbaric dismemberment abortions,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.   “The legislation had broad bipartisan support but was thwarted by the courts. As chief enforcer of the Commonwealth’s laws, Attorney General Cameron should have the power to defend the will of the people to protect the unborn. We hope the Court will recognize his right to do so, and we thank him for his commitment to women, children, and pro-life Kentuckians.”

Attorney General Cameron commented:

“Across the nation, states recognize the important role they have in protecting life and preserving the ethics of the medical profession. Kentucky is no exception, and the overwhelming passage of our law banning live dismemberment abortions signifies the commitment of Kentuckians to extend dignity and compassion to the unborn. When laws like this are challenged in court, they must be defended. My team was honored to argue before our nation’s highest court for the ability to continue defending this important law and to ensure that a state’s chosen representative can always defend its pro-life laws.”

The Human Rights of Unborn Children Act (H.B. 454) was authored by former State Representative Addia Wuchner, a member of SBA List’s National Pro-Life Women’s Caucus. Signed into law in 2018 by then-Governor Matt Bevin after passing by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in the Kentucky Legislature, it stops live dismemberment abortions after eleven weeks of pregnancy. EMW Women’s Surgical Center, Kentucky’s only abortion facility, immediately sued to overturn the law. Cameron then moved to intervene after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision striking it down. In March of this year the Supreme Court announced it would take up the case.

Attorney General Cameron recently signed a brief filed with the 6th U.S. Court of Appeals urging them to uphold a Tennessee law that stops lethal discrimination abortions based on disability, race, or gender. Cameron commented that “abortions based on these characteristics have no place in society,” and these children are “no less worthy of life.”

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.


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