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KY's Pro-Life Governor Pledges to Defend New Law Banning Abortion of Babies with Beating Hearts, after Judge Blocks Its Enactment

Calvin Freiburger : Mar 19, 2019  LifeSiteNews.com

"People that are supposedly defending the civic rights of people in this country nonetheless think it's appropriate that you can kill a child based on its race, or kill a child based on its gender," he said. "The people of Kentucky again, fortunately, don't agree with that and, so this law was passed through the legislature. It has not actually become a law at this point, but that didn't stop the folks at the ACLU from filing a lawsuit against something that doesn't actually yet exist. Certainly it speaks volumes about their priorities and the way in which they frankly don't care whether they're following the law or not. They simply want to be able to push their ideology." -Gov. Matt Bevin

(Bowling Green, KY)— [LifeSiteNews.com] In the latest abortion-related legal battle to hit the state, a federal judge has temporarily blocked Kentucky officials from implementing their newly-enacted law banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. (Screengrab image: via LifeNews)

Signed Friday by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, the law requires abortionists to check for a fetal heartbeat before aborting. If a heartbeat is found, committing the abortion would be a Class D felony (punishable by up to five years in prison) except in cases of medical emergencies, which would also have to be documented.

The same day Bevin signed the law, Judge David J. Hale of the Western District of Kentucky issued an injunction against the law's enforcement for at least fourteen days, the New York Times reports, pending a hearing on its constitutionality.

Hale was ruling on a suit brought by the left-wing American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against both the heartbeat law and legislation that passed the legislature Thursday to ban abortions specifically sought on the basis of a baby's race, sex, or disability. Bevin has yet to sign the latter bill, and Hale did not rule on it.

ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project deputy director Brigitte Amiri called the injunction a "tremendous relief," noting Saturday that EMW Women's Surgical Center, the state's only licensed abortion facility, "sees patients today, and before we got the ruling yesterday, they were in the process of canceling appointments."

"This case or others like it from other states will result in major changes in abortions in the US in the near future," Bevin's general counsel Steve Pitt responded. "The ACLU, Planned Parenthood and others favoring unlimited abortions know this and are in a panic"... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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