Pro-life caucus announces bills it will support this session

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- Thursday Frankfort’s pro-life caucus announced it will support four bills this session.

House Bill Five would prohibit an abortion based on sex, race, and disability.

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Co-sponsor Representative Nancy Tate says her son is autistic and it would never make her choose to live without him.

“For him, every Day is filled with challenges that many of us cannot even imagine, but he is intelligent, bright, and contributes to our lives in many ways,” Tate said.

Senate Bill 50 would require reporting procedures that use medication to induce an abortion.

House Bill 148 would ban abortion in Kentucky if the Supreme Court one day overturns Roe v. Wade.

“We know that God will dispense his justice and secure this unalienable gift of life for all Kentucky children. We just don’t know the day nor the hour, but we must be prepared for the time of deliverance,” Representative Joe Fischer said.

Senate Bill Nine would ban abortions when a doctor can detect a heartbeat around six weeks into pregnancy.

That bill is the one pro-choice advocates say they’re focusing on fighting right now.

The ACLU and Planned Parenthood say many women don’t even know they’re pregnant by the time the bill would ban an abortion.

That’s one reason the bill brought pro-life and pro-choice advocates to the capitol Thursday, continuing a years long face off over abortion for the first time this year.

“Everybody take two fingers and place them on your wrist,” Senator Matt Castlen told a group in the Capitol Rotunda Thursday afternoon.

Senator Castlen told the crowd pulses, heartbeats indicate people are alive. It’s why he’s sponsoring Senate Bill Nine.

“If there is a detection of a heartbeat that child is a living human being and you can no longer murder that child in this mother’s womb,” Senator Castlen said.

The bill would make it a crime for doctors to give an abortion after detecting the fetal heartbeat, which you can usually find around six weeks.

Pro-choice advocates say the bill would essentially ban abortion since many women don’t even realize they’re pregnant then.

They say it’s part of a national effort to end abortion even though it’s legal.

“Once again, Kentucky lawmakers have decided that they know what’s best for you and your family,” ACLU Advocacy Director Kate Miller said.

The advocates say if women can’t get a safe abortion they’ll still find ways to end pregnancies, just not safely.

“These decisions should be made only by the woman in the exam room and her doctor, not politicians,” Dr. Nicole Nolan, an OBGYN resident said.

They’re calling on legislators to focus instead on realistic ways to fight health problems such as maternal mortality rates.

The advocates also say this bill would affect everyone because similar bills in other states have been struck down in court and it’s taxpayers that end up paying those legal fees.

Senator Castlen says even with potential legal challenges it’s still his duty to represent his constituents and he says the rights being debated don’t come from a court, but from God.

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