Kentucky Supreme Court rejects abortion ban – The Hill

The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday refused to block the near-total mandate of the abortion ban while reviewing legal challenges to the law.

The state appeals court allowed two abortion bans to go into effect in an August 1 ruling, and the state supreme court upheld that ruling, finding that “the circumstances presented by the ‘competitors’ did not rise to the level of extraordinary cause.”

Courts have yet to rule on the merits of challenging the abortion ban, and abortion rights groups have said they will continue to struggle.

“Make no mistake: Banning abortion leads to tragic health outcomes and is a form of control over our bodies. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the ACLU and the Kentucky Civil Liberties Union said in a statement that despite this setback, the battle continues.”

We will advance our cause to restore and protect reproductive freedom in Kentucky. The groups said that politicians and the government should not have the power to force a person to remain pregnant against their will.”

An August 1 appeals court decision overturned a temporary injunction against two 2019 bans. The near-total ban on abortions was passed in the form of a “divorce” law, and went into effect when the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

A federal court had blocked the “heartbeat bill” project for six weeks.

The laws together effectively prohibit abortion in Kentucky except in limited cases when the procedure is necessary to preserve the life of the pregnant woman. Neither law contains an exception for victims of rape or incest to obtain an abortion if they become pregnant.

In the ruling, the state’s highest court set the oral arguments for November 15, which is after the next general election when voters will decide whether the state constitution should be amended to make it clear that abortion rights are not protected.

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