FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - A proposed pro-life Constitutional Amendment won passage in the Kentucky House on Thursday.
The sponsor of House Bill 91, Rep. Joseph Fischer, R-Ft. Thomas, read the simple language of the bill on the House floor: “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.”
He noted, “This bill passed the House last year by a vote of 71 to 21 but was not considered by the Senate due to the COVID adjournment.”
Fischer told his colleagues the right to an abortion appears nowhere in either the Kentucky or United States Constitutions. “This assures that no Kentucky court will ever be able to fashion an explicit or implicit right to abortion, from the text of our state constitution. There will be no Roe v. Wade decision here in Kentucky if this passes.”
He said for several years, abortion proponents have been executing a strategy to persuade state courts that the same right to abortion in Roe v. Wade should be in state constitutions. “So far, 11 state supreme courts have agreed with that argument, and have fashioned a Constitutional right to abortion in those states where no right existed before.”
More recently, voters in pro-life states have passed constitutional amendments to over turn those court decisions, allowing legislatures to put the issue on the ballot.
He added, “Kentucky is one of the most pro-life states in the nation. The people want this opportunity to weigh in on this issue.”
Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville, and an opponent of the bill, stated, “Here we go again, legislating healthcare from our seats at the General Assembly.”
She noted it was ironic that she has received a lot of emails speaking in support of allowing Kentuckians to make their own choice on mandatory vaccines, where the senders stated, “I want to make my own choices on my own healthcare on vaccines.”
The bill passed 75-20, and now heads to the Senate.