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Is Kentucky the New Kansas?
On Nov. 8, Kentucky will vote on a constitutional amendment which, if approved, would eliminate the right to abortion in Kentucky's Constitution. The proposed amendment was approved last year by the Republican-controlled Kentucky General Assembly.
On Nov. 8, Kentucky will vote on a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the right to abortion,
In tears, a young woman described how after recently losing a much-wanted pregnancy, her pharmacy hesitated to fill a prescription for a drug her doctor prescribed to ensure the early miscarriage was complete.
"They want you to prove that this isn't for abortion," the pharmacist said, according to the woman who provided only her first name, Meredith, to protect her privacy and also, because she's concerned about possible online attacks.
Dr. Caitlin Thomas, a Louisville obstetrician and gynecologist, said her patients fear what might happen if they become pregnant under Kentucky's stringent new abortion laws. Some refuse a pregnancy test in her office to avoid leaving a record.
"I know patients who are scared to tell me when their last menstrual period was," said Thomas, with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a national doctors' group that supports abortion access.
And Kate Miller, advocacy director for the American Civil Liberties Union, called the prospect of state surveillance of pregnant individuals to enforce Kentucky's abortion restrictions "terrifying."
"Who is the best person to make a decision about your pregnancy − you or the state?" Miller asked.
The comments came at a public forum Friday in Louisville seeking to rally support against a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 8 ballot which, if approved by voters, would eliminate the right to abortion in Kentucky's Constitution. The event was hosted by state Rep. Nima Kulkarni, D-Louisville, Protect Kentucky Access, a group formed to fight the amendment, and the National Council of Jewish Women's Louisville chapter.
The proposed amendment, approved last year by the Republican-controlled Kentucky General Assembly consists of one line: "To protect human life, nothing in this constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion." To take effect, a majority of voters must approve it.
And a major battle over the amendment is shaping up, with both sides calling it hugely important in deciding the future of abortion −which currently is banned by state law after the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 struck down the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that for 49 years made abortion a federal right.