GOP lawmakers in Kentucky advance 15-week abortion ban | Well being & Health

By BRUCE SCHREINER Related Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kentucky launched a proposal Thursday to ban abortions after 15 weeks of being pregnant because the legislature considers enacting harder restrictions on the process amid an impending U.S. Supreme Court docket determination on the suitable to abortion.

The measure is modeled after a Mississippi legislation beneath evaluate by the nation’s highest court docket in a case that would drastically restrict abortion rights in the USA.

The Kentucky invoice can be “instantly enforceable” with no threat of authorized problem if the Mississippi legislation is upheld, stated Republican Sen. Max Clever, the invoice’s lead sponsor.

Clever’s measure simply handed the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday and moved on to the total Senate. The invoice would nonetheless want Home approval whether it is authorized by the Senate. Republicans have supermajorities in each chambers.

Kentucky legislation presently prohibits abortion after 20 weeks of being pregnant.

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Two states have enacted 15-week abortion bans: Mississippi and Louisiana, based on the Guttmacher Institute, a analysis group that helps abortion rights. The Louisiana legislation has not gone into impact pending the end result of the authorized combat over the Mississippi legislation, the group stated. Florida lawmakers not too long ago handed a 15-week abortion ban. The governor beforehand signaled his assist for the proposal and is predicted to signal it into legislation.

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