For Immediate Release
April 14, 2022
EMILYs List Statement on Kentucky’s Effort to Ban All In-State Abortions
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the Kentucky legislature overrode Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto on an restrictive abortion ban (H.B. 3), allowing it to go into effect immediately. Clinics have been forced to stop administering abortion services in Kentucky, saying that the law makes it impossible to continue providing these essential health services. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List condemns the Kentucky legislature for passing an abortion ban into law that pushes neccessary health care out of reach for thousands of people. We recognize that this is part of a coordinated attack by anti-abortion Republicans to limit reproductive freedom across the country, but time and time again we are enraged by their blatant disregard for their constituents. Republican lawmakers across the country are attacking the constitutional right to abortion and their colleagues in Kentucky have effectively ended abortion care in the state.
“Every American deserves to make the decisions for their bodies, healths, and futures. At EMILYs List, we understand the importance of electing candidates who refuse to back down to anti-abortion lawmakers as they attempt to limit the bodily autonomy of their constituents. We know that the way to advance reproductive freedom is to stand with the Democratic pro-choice women at the forefront of this fight.”
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