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Kentucky lawmakers react to SCOTUS overturning Roe v. Wade

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Posted at 10:56 AM, Jun 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-24 13:43:08-04

(LEX 18) — The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, which means the constitutional right to abortion has been eliminated.

And with a trigger law in place in Kentucky, abortion is now immediately illegal in the Commonwealth.

Kentucky lawmakers are reacting to the decision.

Gov. Andy Beshear released a statement on Twitter regarding the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health:

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement, which reads in part:

“The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Dobbs is courageous and correct. This is an historic victory for the Constitution and for the most vulnerable in our society."

A statement from Attorney General Daniel Cameron regarding the SCOTUS decision:

“Today is a day that many have hoped for—the issue of abortion has been returned to the people and to the states, where it belongs. This moment deserves to be celebrated, but it also calls for renewed commitment. Renewed commitment to life-affirming care for the unborn, for mothers, and for Kentucky families.

Our General Assembly has already passed laws that protect unborn babies and ensure the health and safety of women. We’ve defended many of these pro-life laws in court, but the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in Roe and Casey prevented some from taking effect. That changes today.
We are entering a new era. No longer will unelected judges make abortion policy for the Commonwealth. Instead, our elected representatives will be able to make public policy that reflects the values of Kentuckians and our deeply held respect for unborn life.

Together, we must commit ourselves to caring for the next generation of Kentuckians who will now have a chance to live their lives because Roe v. Wade is no more. Their lives, and those of their mothers and families, are precious and must be met with all the compassion, kindness, and care that we can provide.”

U.S. Congressman Andy Barr released the following statement:

“Today, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a historic victory for life. For nearly 50 years, advocates for life have worked tirelessly to reverse Roe v. Wade, the worst example of judicial activism in the history of the Court. Even former Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg criticized the Court’s ruling in Roe.

Last year, I signed an Amicus Brief requesting the Supreme Court uphold the Mississippi abortion law at issue in Dobbs. Regardless of one’s personal views on whether and under what circumstances there should be a ‘right to abortion,’ nowhere in the text of the federal Constitution is such a purported right stated or even implied, as the text was originally understood.

The Supreme Court’s decision today affirmed that the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion and that the authority to regulate abortion belongs with the American people through the democratic process. By overturning Roe, the Court is empowering the American electorate to determine, through their elected representatives, what limits on abortion they want implemented in their state. The majority also follows in the footsteps of prior Justices who, in the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education, courageously and correctly overturned their own disgraceful precedent in Plessy v. Ferguson. I commend the Court for doing so.

At the federal level, I will continue to support pro-life policies in Congress such as the Hyde Amendment, to prohibit taxpayer funding of abortions, and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires medical care for babies born alive in botched abortions.”

Congressman Brett Guthrie released the following statement:

“Today’s ruling is a significant victory and sets a new precedent for unborn babies’ right to life. Despite the biggest breach in the Supreme Court’s history and justices being unlawfully harassed at their own homes, the Supreme Court majority opinion upheld pro-life protections in the Mississippi law and overturned Roe v. Wade. The question of abortion is now up to each individual state.
Despite this monumental ruling, the work is never over to protect the dignity of life, especially with congressional Democrats’ extreme efforts to allow abortion on-demand up to nine months. I will continue to stand up for the right to life, vote for polices that prohibit federal taxpayer dollars from going towards funding abortions, and always push back against congressional Democrats’ radical pro-abortion agenda for America,” said Guthrie.

Sec. of State Michael Adams on Twitter:

Congressman John Yarmuth issued the statement:

“We now know with certainty that three Justices lied under oath to get to the Supreme Court, and that's not the worst part. Adding insult to perjury, they have used their ill-gotten power to strip away women's constitutional right to bodily autonomy and rob them of personal choice. Let's be clear: This means people will suffer. It means women will die. This is the path Mitch McConnell chose when he shredded the Constitution to rig the court with ideological zealots unbothered by the struggles of everyday Americans. This is a dark day for America. Every politician who celebrates it must be shown the door this November.”

Co-chairs Rep. Nancy Tate, R-Brandenburg, and Sen. Robby Mills, R-Henderson, on behalf of the Kentucky Pro-Life Caucus upon the official ruling handed down by the United States Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson:

“This is a historical and tide-turning day in the fight to protect humanity's most innocent. Roe V. Wade was a flawed precedent that has persisted on faulty legal grounds for nearly five decades. The consequences are the premature death of tens of millions of lives we will never know and who were denied their chance to leave an impression on this world. We remember them today.

The General Assembly has championed numerous bills to protect the unborn. Some have been defended in the courts because this is what the people of Kentucky have demanded. We are a pro-life elected body indicative of Kentucky's pro-life values. History will shine favorably on the individuals—on both sides of the political aisle—who have taken a stand to defend those incapable of defending themselves.

Lawmakers have adhered to the constituency's desires, doing their part in preparation for this moment. Kentucky voters have an opportunity to help wash away the dark stain Roe V. Wade has left on our nation's history. On this November's general election ballot, a "yes" vote for amendment #2 supports amending the Kentucky Constitution to state unequivocally that nothing in our constitution creates a right to abortion or requires government funding for it.

With the fall of Roe V. Wade's legal precedent, we encourage all who wish to protect the unborn to stand with us, as they have before, in support of constitutional amendment #2 and vote 'Yes for Life' this November.”

Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman tweeted:

Kentucky House and Senate Democratic Caucus Leaders Joni Jenkins and Morgan McGarvey released the following statement:

“Mark our words: Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on abortion will be seen in the future as our era’s Plessy v. Ferguson. This abhorrent ruling erases nearly 50 years of the court’s own precedents while sending women’s reproductive rights — and risking others like same-sex marriage and rights to contraception — back to the 1700s; it goes against the views of a durable majority of Americans; and, most critically, it needlessly and cruelly threatens the lives of millions of women while telling them they no longer have authority over their own bodies. This is beyond wrong, and we stand with those who will fight with all we have to overturn this travesty as soon as possible.”

The Republican Party of Kentucky issued the following statement:

"Today, the United States Supreme Court delivered a historic, pro-life decision, allowing the states and the people to enact laws protecting the lives of the unborn.For a half century, unelected judges have dictated America’s abortion laws. The faulty constitutional reasoning in Roe was even criticized by the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This decision returns the abortion issue back to the states and empowers the American people, including those in Kentucky.

In fact, Kentuckians will have an opportunity this November to vote yes on constitutional amendment #2 to further cement our place as state for life.

As a post-Roe era begins, Republicans are committed to working to build a culture of life that embraces children, mothers, and families, and provides resources, support, and kindness to them all."

Senate President Robert Stivers following the Supreme Court ruling:

“The ruling today is a victory for the pro-life movement and advocates for states’ rights. The issue of abortion is best suited for state legislatures to address.”