LEXINGTON, KY – Today, The Family Foundation joins in celebrating a significant victory for the sanctity of life and the rule of law in Kentucky. Earlier this evening, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced that the abortion industry—Planned Parenthood and EMW Women’s Surgical Center—have conceded and moved for voluntary dismissal of their challenge to Kentucky’s Human Life Protection Act.
The Family Foundation’s Executive Director David Walls released this statement:
“I am grateful that the abortion industry has dropped its meritless challenge to Kentucky’s Human Life Protection Act. Kentuckians can rejoice that the lives of unborn children will continue to be saved and mothers will continue to be protected with Kentucky’s pro-life laws in full effect. We thank the countless pro-life advocates across the Commonwealth, our pro-life General Assembly, and our pro-life Attorney General for today’s significant victory.
“As we approach the one-year anniversary of the historic Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the pro-life movement has much to celebrate while remaining steadfast in building a culture that values all human life by protecting every unborn child from the evil of abortion.”
The Human Life Protection Act, enacted in 2019 and codified at KRS 311.772, prohibits “the termination of the life of an unborn human being” in most circumstances and took effect immediately upon the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 24, 2022 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
On February 16, 2023, the Kentucky Supreme Court declared that an activist Louisville judge had been wrong to temporarily halt enforcement of the Human Life Protection Act. The Court rejected the abortion industry’s claim of third party standing, emphasizing that the U.S. Supreme Court’s precedent allowing such hag been “strongly, and rightfully, discredited.” In the four months that have followed, the abortion industry has been unable to find a single Kentucky woman who was willing to come forward to claim that she was seeking an abortion, yet her alleged right was being violated – Hence, their decision to file this motion to dismiss and withdraw from the case.