Governor Bevin signs abortion bill already facing a lawsuit


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s Republican governor has signed a measure putting new restrictions on abortion, and his lawyers filed a response to a lawsuit already aimed at blocking it.

Before Gov. Matt Bevin signed the measure, the American Civil Liberties Union challenged the legislation in a federal lawsuit. The new law bans abortion for women seeking to end their pregnancies because of the gender, race or disability of the fetus.

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The measure took effect upon Bevin’s signature Tuesday.

The ACLU says the law removes a woman’s right to an abortion if the state “disapproves of her reason” for the procedure. The ACLU is asking a judge to block the law.

In their response, Bevin’s attorneys say the ACLU’s arguments are a “perverse distortion” of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.