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Abortion Legislation Killed Again in Kentucky House

Posted on February 22, 2011
In category Politics

Again this year- and this makes FOUR years in a row- the Kentucky House of Representatives has allowed legislation to die that would restrict abortions in our Commonwealth. The trick they love to pull is to put the abortion bills in a committee where they are guaranteed to die.  This keeps the bills from ever coming to the full floor for a vote.

The House Bills that have been killed this year include HB 374 (to require a face to face meeting with a doctor prior to getting an abortion); HB 243 (to keep minors from other states from getting abortions in KY without parental consent); HB 215 and HB 390 (to prohibit an abortion after 20 weeks of fetal development except in cases of emergency).

It is beyond me how Speaker Stumbo and others can actually be against these! How can anyone want to allow a minor from another state to get an abortion here without a parent’s consent? Is requiring a simple face-to-face meeting between a doctor and the expectant mother too much to ask, especially considering the severity of the procedure?  And, isn’t 20 weeks long enough to decide whether to get an abortion or not?  Are these so outrageous?

I know this: it is time for change in Frankfort.  Speaker Stumbo, and Jody Richards before him, consistently put these bills into committees where they are sure to die.  It’s a foregone conclusion.  It’s Kentucky politics.  Why do our Legislators keep electing these people to leadership positions? Is no one else tired of the same old, same old?

There are over 4,000 children legally murdered each year in this state.  Should taking a stand for these children be such a difficult position to take?