Kentucky Pro-Life for 140+ Years
In short, since 1879, Kentucky courts have recognized the General Assembly’s legislative prerogative to protect unborn lives by prohibiting all abortions except to save the mother.
From 1910 until Roe, the General Assembly did just that, with an exception to protect the mother’s life. And, even after Roe, three members of Kentucky’s high court reiterated the General Assembly’s legislative power in this regard.
Since 1974, the General Assembly has continually expressed Kentucky’s desire to protect all human life if Roe were overturned.
Highlighting Some of KY’s Most Prominent Pro-Life Laws
- Pain Capable Unborn Child Act (2017)
Shall not terminate the life of an unborn human being after the child is capable of feeling pain.
- Live Dismemberment Abortion Ban (2018)
Shall not terminate the life of an unborn human being in a manner that results in bodily dismemberment, or cutting of the child.
- Heartbeat Bill (2019)
Shall not terminate the life of an unborn human being after the child has a detectable heartbeat.
- Unborn Non-Discrimination Act (2019)
Shall not terminate the life of an unborn human being because of the child’s sex, race, color, national origin, diagnosis, or disability.
- Human Life Protection Act — KY “trigger law” (2019)
Shall not terminate the life of an unborn human being.
- Humanity in Healthcare Act (2022)
A pro-life omnibus bill addressing chemical abortion pills and other pro-life policies.
NOTE: ALL of these pro-life laws allow for the mother to receive medically-necessary treatment and NONE of them criminalize the woman.