A federal judge in Kentucky has temporarily blocked enforcement of the state’s new heartbeat law because the measure was potentially unconstitutional and patients “would be immediately and irreparably harmed absent a temporary restraining order.”
The Kentucky law banned abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which typically begins at six weeks into the pregnancy. According to the lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of the state’s only abortion clinic, about 90 percent of abortions in the state are performed after six weeks. Thus, the measure would practically eliminate abortion in Kentucky since most women don’t even know they are pregnant until about this time.
Steve Pitt, general counsel to the governor, said abortion activists are running scared. “This case or others like it from other states will result in major changes in abortions in the U.S. in the near future. The ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and others favoring unlimited abortions know this and are in a panic.”
The law will be delayed for at least14 days until hearings are held on the law’s constitutionality.
The ACLU is also watching another pro-life Kentucky bill yet to be signed by the governor that would ban abortions sought due to a diagnosis of some disability in the unborn baby.
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