Ky. Gov. Beshear vetoes anti-abortion bill
UPDATED 12:37 PM PT — Saturday, April 25, 2020
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear recently vetoed a bill that would have restricted abortions amid the coronavirus pandemic. On Friday, he shot down the bill because similar legislation in other states has been deemed unconstitutional. The governor added Kentucky already has laws to protect children from being denied lifesaving medical care.
His decision came in response to the state’s Senate Bill 9, which aimed to restrict access to abortions during the pandemic and ensure all doctors took reasonable lifesaving measures for born alive victims of attempted abortions.
“I’m just not doing divisive issues right now,” stated Governor Beshear. “We’ve got to defeat this coronavirus, we’ve got to have 100 percent of our effort aimed towards it and we’ve got to have unity in this commonwealth.”
State Attorney General Daniel Cameron released a statement later that evening, in which he called Beshear’s decision to overturn the bipartisan bill “reprehensible.”
My statement on the Governor’s veto of Senate Bill 9: pic.twitter.com/V5VornnE52
— Attorney General Daniel Cameron (@kyoag) April 24, 2020
However, pro-choice advocates have applauded the governor’s decision.
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