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State reaction comes quickly on Supreme Court ruling on abortion

Stu Johnson
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron-reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on abortion

Reaction to the Supreme Court ruling overturning the Roe V Wade decision on abortion is coming from many sectors.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said pro-life men, women, and children are rightly celebrating a decision that’s been prayed for and worked towards for many years. The A-G says the high court ruling stops most abortions in Kentucky.

“So, as of this morning, except where the health of the mother is at risk, abortion is no longer lawful in the Commonwealth,” said Cameron.

Kentucky Right to Life Executive Director Addia Wuchner said she was in a national Right to Life meeting when the doors were abruptly flung open and an announcement was made about the Court ruling.

“There was a moment of, just a second of stunned silence. And then, it was a rejoicing and tears. And the shout was, “Roe’s overturned,” said Wuchner.

Kentucky is one of 13 states with the so-called trigger law, making abortions illegal with this ruling. If that law is challenged,

Wuchner said passage of a constitutional amendment on abortion this fall would amount to a final resolution.

Northern Kentucky Democratic Representative Rachel Roberts called it a sad and terrifying day for Kentucky women. She believes the abortion constitutional amendment will motivate voters, particularly women.

“I think that that constitutional amendment is going to be a referendum for reproductive rights in this state,” said Roberts.

Roberts said the ruling could exacerbate a shortage of O-B GYN doctors in the Commonwealth because of concerns of caring for women with high-risk pregnancies. Roberts said it could amount to the balancing of hypocritic oaths with limitations set out by the ruling.

In addition to the procedure itself, Kentucky law also bans the use of abortion medications.

Attorney-General Cameron said his staff would be going into court to seek dismissals of any injunctions related to Kentucky abortion-related laws. Likewise, he said his office would be prepared for any challenge to the state’s existing trigger law.

Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 30 years.
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