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Gov. Matt Bevin

An avowed, relentless foe of Kentuckians' right to health and freedom.

 

“One of the things I take great pride, is being accused of being the most pro-life governor in America.” - Gov. Bevin at a Rally for Life

 

 Bevin on Abortion

Governor Matt Bevin is in a race to the bottom to make Kentucky the most hostile state in the country on reproductive health care, including abortion. His long track record to restrict reproductive health care speaks for itself.

 Gov. Bevin was the first governor to sign a 6 week abortion ban into law. This law bans abortion in the state before many women even know they are pregnant. 

 Gov. Bevin believes that Roe v. Wade "was a travesty of the court" 1 and would see to it that no one has access to abortion. 2

 The decline in access to legal and safe abortion has been rapid under this administration—In 1992, Kentucky had nine abortion facilities. By 2014,

it had three abortion facilities and two clinics. Today it has one clinic that is fighting to stay open.

 Abortion bans are harmful, dangerous, and hit Kentucky communities who already face barriers to health care the hardest. We should be investing in expanding access to health care, including birth control, instead of making health care more difficult to access.

 

Sources:

EWTN Pro-Life Weekly 1

Terry Meiners Show, 11/13/18 2

  

“Planned Parenthood is not about women’s health. They’re full of baloney [...]Let's not waste our tax money on pretending that they are a health care organization.” —Gov. Matt Bevin, WKYX Radio, Paducah

Bevin on Birth Control

A resounding 86% of voters say it is important for access to birth control to be available for everyone who wants it or needs it. As long as Governor Matt Bevin is in-office, women’s/people’s access to their heach care is at risk. 

Before the Trump administration placed a gag order on Title X providers, Gov. Bevin was already threatening to take federal dollars away from Planned Parenthood facilities— an act we know has a devastating impact on women, men and families—especially those in medically underserved communities and with low incomes.

Preventive care provided by Planned Parenthood health centers: 

  • Pap tests,

  • breast and testicular cancer screenings,

  • birth control,

  • STD testing and treatment,

  • and annual wellness exams.

In fact, a new report from the Guttmacher Institute finds that U.S. abortion rates have reached a historic low since 1973 when Roe v. Wade made abortion legal across the country. This low is due to a decline in pregnancies overall, including increased access to birth control since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted in 2011. 

 

"As Governor, I will direct my Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services not to distribute federal taxpayer dollars from that department to Planned Parenthood clinics [...] As Governor, I will prevent those dollars from being distributed, and order them returned to the federal government." 

—Gov. Matt Bevin, National Journal, 8/6/15

Ban Bevin, Protect Planned Parenthood Patients

Governor Matt Bevin continues to refuse to believe that Kentuckians are smart enough to make their own decisions about their bodies, beliefs and reproductive care. Planned Parenthood fights for a world where everyone has the freedom and opportunity to control their own lives. 

We simply can’t let politicians decide how we live our lives. The reality is, Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to attacks on reproductive health care, and to politicians who support them.  

Gov. Bevin and his unpopular views are taking the commonwealth backwards. In fact, two-thirds of Kentucky voters (65%) say it is important that women in Kentucky have access to all of the reproductive health care options available, including abortion. 

We’ve got to stop walking back the health coverage gains we’ve made in Kentucky, and instead build on our health care network. Voting to ban Gov. Bevin is the only way to keep his bans off our bodies, beliefs and freedom to choose the health care that is right for each of us individually.

“We had a high-risk insurance pool… we could go back to that. I think we should go back to something like that.”

-Gov. Matt Bevin on WBKO-TV

Bevin Blocks Access to Health Care

Governor Matt Bevin is committed to taking away the health and freedom from Kentuckians. Gov. Bevin supports eliminating the Affordable Care Act which provides coverage for over a half million Kentuckians, and has even eliminated dental and vision for Medicaid recipients. His high-risk pool insurance plan covered only 4,837 Kentuckians and were a disaster in Kentucky for people with pre-existing conditions. After Gov. Bevin was denied twice by the courts to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program, he signed onto yet another lawsuit to let insurance companies deny essential coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. 

Bevin still favors repealing the Affordable Care Act, which would devastate Medicaid expansion and remove vital protections for Kentuckians with pre-existing conditions.

You deserve better.

 

Sex Ed

Gov. Matt Bevin signed Senate Bill 71, a backwards bill for sexual health education that mandates abstinence-based curricula for schools and requires abstinence to be taught as the “desirable goal” for young Kentuckians.

 This language shames and dismisses those who have already been sexually active or are survivors of sexual assault.

 In addition, the law requires sex education programs to teach that establishing a “permanent mutually faithful monogamous relationship” is the best way to avoid sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy.

Once again, Gov. Bevin shows how out of touch his policies are with the facts and how Kentuckians feel about medically accurate comprehensive sex education. More than 8 in 10 Kentucky high school parents actually favor teaching birth control methods (87%), and condom use (84%) in their children’s schools. 1

 Kentucky requires sex and HIV education in schools,2 however, nearly every school is teaching something different, leaving many with unanswered questions at best, and dangerous misinformation at worst. We need comprehensive sexuality education guidelines for all schools that:

  • are age-appropriate 
  • are medically-accurate
  • and, address healthy relationships, self-esteem, and consent,
  • domestic or sexual violence,
  • and LGBTQ health and identity.

A  recent Guttmacher survey of U.S. high school students found that more than half have had sex by the 12th grade and one of every 10 students experienced some form of sexual violence within the past year (including forced kissing, touching, or sexual intercourse).

 Comprehensive sex education helps prevent sexual violence, coercion, and assault by helping teach young people what  a healthy relationship feels like and giving them opportunities to practice good communication skills before they become sexually active. 

Planned Parenthood believes that sex education is an essential part of human development. Sex education empowers young people with developmentally-appropriate, medically accurate information and provides answers to their questions without shaming or judging them for their experiences or feelings.

 Bevin’s antiquated sex-education policies are bad for Kentucky and its future.

 

Sources:

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky (2012). What Kentucky Parents Think About School Policies and Practices: Results from the 2012 Kentucky Parent Survey. Louisville, KY: Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. 1

Blackman, Kate. Scotti, Samantha. Heller, Emily. “State Policies on Sex Education in Schools.” National Council of State Legislatures. National Council of State Legislatures, 21 Dec. 2016. Web. 24 July 2017. 2