The state government of Kentucky is a microcosm of what the rest of the nation will be treated to once Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. For the first time in almost 100 years, Kentucky is completely under Republican rule. They hold majorities in both the state Senate and state House of Representatives, and the governor’s mansion.
As soon as the slimy Republicans took power they began their quest to obliterate the rights of women to control their own bodies by introducing a new bill in the senate which bans abortions after 20 weeks. The Kentucky Senate President, Robert Stivers, was absolutely giddy. He expressed to reporters that women should not, and if he has his way will not, have the right to make decisions about their own bodies when he said women have a “choice early on to make a decision to conceive or not conceive. But once conception starts, there becomes another life involved. And the legislature has its ability to control how that life may proceed or how it would be terminated.” The despicable comment from Stivers is the sentiment of a majority of conservatives who highly prefer for women to remain pregnant and barefoot in the proverbial kitchen for the entirety of their lives.
Curiously, the Republican party in Kentucky is not interested in increasing funding for neither early childcare or nutrition assistance programs. They wish to force women to bring pregnancies to term they do not want, but do not believe that society should have to shoulder the costs associated with those forced births. This absolute hypocrisy is not a worry for Kentucky’s Speaker of the House Jeff Hoover who said there is “overwhelming sentiment” amongst his colleagues to enact the abortion ban as soon as possible. They’ve been chomping at the bit for this opportunity of legislative tyranny to arrive and they are not going to let the moment slip away.
The abortion ban is not nuanced in its writing and does not take into account the numerous situations that may transpire in a woman’s life which would force one to seek an abortion out of medical necessity. All pregnancies after 20 weeks, regardless if the pregnancy puts the woman’s life at risk, would all be banned under the proposed law which Governor Matt Bevin would surely sign if it is brought to his desk. Further, doctors will face sanction if they do not adhere to the law even if they know a patiant’s life is in jeopardy.
The American Civil Liberties Union in Kentucky spoke out about the impending legislative disaster. Their spokesperson Amber Duke said, “Legislation about bans like this pose a serious threat because they ignore women’s health needs in individual circumstances. We believe that women deserve dignity and should have the right to make personal and private medical decisions without interference from politicians.”
A storm is brewing in Kentucky and Republicans hold the upper hand, but their position is not infallible, as they will surely face serious legal challenges to their despicable plans. If and when Republicans do pass this abhorrent law hopefully it will stay tied up in the court system before it can actually be implemented.