On April 28th, 2021, the Kentucky Supreme Court issued a ruling upholding two abortion bans that were previously struck down by a lower court. The bans, which took effect in 2018, prohibited abortion after 11 weeks of pregnancy and was also known as the “heartbeat law.” Additionally, the ban prohibited abortion that was sought due to the fetus’s perceived gender or disability, a ban referred to as the “Discrimination Ban.”
The ruling marks an important shift in the landscape of abortion rights in the state, as the bans were originally struck down by a lower court in 2019. The 2019 ruling was based on the precedent set by Roe v. Wade, which declared that the state can not restrict access to abortion prior to when a fetus is viable.
Many pro-choice activists and organizations have criticized the court’s ruling, expressing concerns about the impact on women seeking access to abortions. Critics fear that women will be unable to access abortions in violation of the laws and will be faced with seeking abortions in more dangerous settings.
The Kentucky Supreme Court ruling has also sparked a larger conversation about the state’s stance on reproductive rights. Despite this ruling, Kentucky has taken steps in recent years to improve access to reproductive health care, including the expansion of Medicaid coverage and the passing of a law allowing pharmacists to provide birth control.
In the wake of the court’s ruling, many are now wondering what this means for the future of reproductive rights in Kentucky. Regardless of the outcome, it is clear that the fight for access to abortion and health care is certain to continue. [ad_1]
The Kentucky Supreme Courtroom weighed in on a problem to the state’s abortion bans, saying the two bans must continue to be in area inspite of voters rejecting an anti-abortion ballot measure in November.
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