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Opponents offer differing views of the impact of voters’ decision on the abortion amendment

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Amendment 2 as it appeared on Kentucky ballots

Next Tuesday finds the question of abortion before the Kentucky State Supreme Court. The hearing on a challenge of Kentucky’s so-called “trigger law” comes one week after voters rejected an amendment to specify in the state Constitution that there is no right to an abortion. David Walls is the director of the Family Foundation of Kentucky. He hopes the state’s highest court will affirm the position in the amendment.

“We just walked through almost 50 years of an egregious United State Supreme Court decision and finally had that course corrected. We hope the Kentucky Supreme Court does not go down a similar path. And we continue to be optimistic about that,” said Walls.

The ACLU of Kentucky hopes the state’s highest court rules in line with the majority of voters on the question of the Commonwealth’s Constitution and abortion. Samuel Crankshaw is a spokesperson with the ACLU. He hopes this week’s decision by voters holds weight with the Court.

“The Supreme Court, in a prior opinion, indicated they wanted to hear from Kentucky voters before they weighed in on this matter. So, we are optimistic that now that the voters have spoken, that the court will consider that while making a decision.”

The ACLU is representing E.M.W Women’s Surgical Center and Planned Parenthood in the case.

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