UPDATE: U.S. Supreme Court sets date for abortion ban case

UPDATE POSTED JULY 14, 2021 AT 5:43 P.M.

WASHINGTON (WTVQ) – The U.S. Supreme Court has set October 12 as the day it will begin hearing arguments from Attorney General Daniel Cameron about his appeal to defend House Bill 454. The bill deals with banning dilation and evacuation abortions.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Attorney General Daniel Cameron filed a brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in support of his defense of House Bill 454, which pertains to the state’s law prohibiting dilation and evacuation abortions.

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed in March to hear the attorney general’s appeal in the case of Cameron v. EMW Women’s Surgical Center. Cameron argues that he should be allowed to defend HB 454 on Kentuckians’ behalf.

The General Assembly passed HB 454 in 2018. It was then challenged by a Kentucky abortion clinic and two of its abortion providers.

“HB 454 represents the values of Kentuckians and demonstrates the respect we have for the dignity of life,” said Attorney General Cameron. “These values, set forth in our laws, must be defended at every turn, and it’s my job to step in, especially when other state officials refuse.  This brief is the next step in this process, and we look forward to presenting our case to the U.S. Supreme Court this fall to ensure Kentucky’s laws can always be defended by our office.”

The attorney general previously defended HB 454 before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The Sixth Circuit upheld an injunction against the law in a 2-1 ruling. According to Cameron, he attempted to intervene in the case afterwards for the law to still have a full defense, but the Sixth Circuit denied his motion.

The brief states that as the “chief law officer” for Kentucky, Attorney General Cameron must be allowed to intervene in the case considering the speed of his reaction.

The attorney general’s office is expected to argue the case before the Supreme Court in the fall.

A copy of the brief can be seen here.

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