Kentucky lawmakers: Abortions not the same as lynching

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Members of Democratic women & black caucuses denounce comparisons equating abortion to lynching, slavery & Holocaust

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Members of the Kentucky Legislative Black Caucus and the Women’s House Democratic Caucus stood together Thursday to oppose rhetoric equating legal abortion procedures to lynching, slavery and the Holocaust.

During a news conference Thursday, members said such language has created a hostile and toxic working atmosphere during this year’s legislative session.

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State Rep. Attica Scott of Louisville called the comparisons appauling, “This type of language poisons the democratic well, and has made it all but impossible for many others and me to work with some legislators on other issues because of their unyielding stance.”

Rep. Willner of Louisville called for an end to the comparisons, “Whatever a woman’s motivation in exercising her individual moral right of conscience in a deeply personal healthcare decision, surely it is not bigotry and hatred, nor the intentional extermination of an entire people based on race or religion.”

Rep. Reginald Meeks of Louisville added, “Instead of passing one unconstitutional bill after another, let’s focus instead on enacting laws that actually improve our overall health and well-being. That’s what the people of Kentucky sent us here to do.”

Members from the two caucuses held the news conference Thursday in response to the debate surrounding House Bill 5, which looks to ban abortions based on sex, race, color, national origin or disability.

The bill is now in the Senate for consideration.