The Kentucky House of Representatives marked the 45th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion with the passage of House Resolution 96.
HR 96 reflects upon that “tragic day” which legalized “the destruction of innocent children in their mother’s wombs;” acknowledging that “more than sixty million have lost their lives by abortion in America” since then, “countless numbers of women have been victimized both physically and emotionally by abortion,” and “men have had their roles as fathers and husbands adversely affected.” Providing a glimpse of hope, HR 96 points to adoption as a “loving alternative to unplanned pregnancy” and the “millions of qualified couples who are waiting to adopt.”
Shifting focus to within the Commonwealth, HR 96 also recalled that the Kentucky House had sought to pass legislation preventing the destruction of innocent unborn children and to protect their mothers for many years, but was blocked for years by Leadership from doing so. Last year that changed.
Building upon the success of the 2017 Legislative Session in “passing legislation that further protected both the unborn and the women” seeking abortions, the Kentucky House recognized the official establishment of the Pro-Life Caucus as “a contingent of members who have committed themselves to defending innocent life and pursuing policies and legislation to right this judicial wrong.” Both, the passage of pro-life bills and the recognition of a Pro-Life Caucus, were not allowed under the years of Democratic control.
Resolution 96 was sponsored by Rep. Tim Moore, co-sponsored by a large majority of the House, and adopted by voice vote on Jan. 22, 2018.