FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Abortion-rights supporters say they will file a lawsuit challenging Kentucky’s latest and most restrictive abortion measure, which would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.
Within minutes of the so-called fetal heartbeat bill’s final passage Thursday night, the American Civil Liberties Union announced it will take the state to court over the measure.
The Kentucky measure would require anyone seeking an abortion to first determine if a fetal heartbeat is detectable. If it is, the abortion would be banned. A fetal heartbeat can be detected about six weeks into pregnancy. The measure would provide narrow exceptions for abortions, such as when the mother’s life is endangered. Lawmakers sent the bill to Gov. Matt Bevin.
ACLU attorney Brigitte Amiri says such measures are “blatantly unconstitutional.” She says the ACLU will ask a federal judge to strike it down.