Abortion bill advances to the House after two decades of trying

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A decades old anti-abortion bill passed in a House committee on Thursday.

This bill has never made it out of committee in previous filings.

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House Bill 67 would amend the State Constitution to effectively ban abortion in Kentucky if the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision is ever overturned.

Before the bill was voted on in committee, members of the community could testify for or against the bill.

Members of the ACLU were prepared to testify and explain why they are against it.

“Medical decisions should be made by the pregnant person, their family, and their doctor, not the politicians,” according to a member of the American Civil Liberties Union.

It’s standard that people can testify in committee. In this case, only two people with the ACLU talked, but more people were expecting to share their opinions.

The chair said there wasn’t enough time to hear everyone.

Democrat Jodi Jenkins, the Minority Flood Leader from Shively, says it was a disgrace that people were cut short of sharing their opinion.

“It is a time for people to understand these issues and that did not happen,” according to Jenkins.

The final vote was 11-7 in favor of passing the bill through committee.

The measure advances to the full House.

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