The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a Kentucky abortion law fight that the state’s attorney general is allowed to defend the statute in court.
The state’s Democrat governor, Andy Beshear, had tried to kill the law by refusing to support the state’s advocacy for its own abortion limits.
The result is that Attorney General Daniel Cameron, a Republican, will be calling the shots in the state’s defense of the law that was adopted in 2018 but has been halted by various court rulings for the benefit of the abortion industry.
“We thank Attorney General Cameron for taking this fight all the way to the Supreme Court. We’re encouraged by this affirmation of the right of attorneys general to defend their states’ pro-life laws,” explained Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.
“Brutal live-dismemberment abortions on babies with fully formed arms, legs, fingers and toes, even after the point when they can feel pain, show the true extremism of our nation’s status quo on abortion. Acting on the will of the people, Kentucky lawmakers passed legislation to stop this inhumane practice with overwhelming bipartisan majorities.
“As we await a decision in the Dobbs case that could restore the right of all states to protect countless unborn children and their mothers, pro-life champions in the states like Daniel Cameron are not waiting to lead and are more important than ever.”
The dispute in the Kentucky case at this point was procedural.
MSN reported the technical decision now allows Cameron to intervene in the case and defend it after Beshear imposed his pro-abortion will and announced he was dropping the state’s advocacy for its own law.
That was allowed by lower courts, but the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that Cameron can step in.
When the law was adopted, Republican Matt Bevin was governor. In a lawsuit from abortion industry representatives, a judge ruled against the law, and that decision was adopted by a panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
But Cameron noted that a Supreme Court ruling in an unrelated Louisiana law cast doubt on the validity of the ruling in the Kentucky case. His defense, however, was blocked in the courts, so he took it to the Supreme Court.
At this point, Cameron now could ask the full appeals court to review the case, or he can take it back to the Supreme Court on the issue of the abortion restrictions.
The fight is separate from the case already pending before the Supreme Court, Mississippi’s Dobbs challenge to the constitutionality of Roe v. Wade, the nearly 50-year-old decision that created out of the implications of the Constitution a “right” to abortion nationwide.
The issue has literally separated the United States into an “us” and “them” battle, with multiple states proceeding with plans to ban most abortions once that decision is released.
Other leftist states like Colorado and California, run almost exclusively by Democrats, are planning create a destination industry by offering abortion to any and all, even considering financial incentives to come to those states for the procedure that guarantees one of the two patients who arrive always leaves dead.
It was House Bill 454 that was passed by Kentucky’s Republican-led legislature to ban a procedure known as dilation and evacuation, which is used routinely after the 15th week of pregnancy.
Cameron said, “At every turn, we’ve maintained that Kentucky’s law banning live-dismemberment abortions is worth defending and should receive a full defense from the challenge brought by the ACLU and an abortion clinic. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed. This is a ruling that many in the Commonwealth have hoped for, and we will proudly continue to carry the mantle for this important pro-life law by going back to the Sixth Circuit and litigating the case.”
He continued, “The court’s ruling is a victory for the rule of law. The court found that our office is the fail safe for defending the Commonwealth’s laws when they come under attack. As the court noted, we had a strong interest in stepping in to defend this important law after the Beshear administration’s ‘secretary for Health and Family Services elected to acquiesce.'”
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