Governor’s Veto Overruled

Governor's Veto Overruled

( – On Wednesday, April 13, Republican lawmakers in the Kentucky legislature overturned Democratic Governor Andy Beshear’s veto of an abortion law. The state now has the most restrictive law in the country.

House Bill 3 is a far-reaching anti-abortion law that imposes so many restrictions on the procedure, that the only two clinics that provide the service in the state will close. The law includes a 15-week abortion ban, requirement for parental consent for abortions for minors, and requires patients who have abortions to file “birth-death certificates.” Doctors who perform the procedure have to report each one to the state including all of the details about how they performed the procedure. The physicians also have to provide biographical information about the patient and the patient’s sexual partner, including medical history, age, race, ethnicity, and their hometown.

The bill also requires fetal remains to be interred or cremated. Clinics must fill out extensive paperwork which includes more biographical information that physicians argue could allow patients to be identified. That paperwork does not exist yet, so clinics had to stop performing the procedure.

As soon as lawmakers overturned the veto, the law went into effect immediately thereafter. The ACLU has already filed a lawsuit against the new law and other organizations are expected to follow.

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