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General Assembly Focused on Banning Abortion Instead of Addressing the Urgent Health Care Needs of Kentuckians 

Frankfort, KY — Today, in the midst of a global pandemic, Kentucky politicians are spending time on anti-abortion legislation, while doing nothing to address the urgent health care needs of the commonwealth. Governor Andy Beshear has shown leadership in the response to the COVID-10 pandemic by enforcing social distancing, shutting down schools, and ordering non-essential retail businesses to close as part of a “healthy at home” strategy. The Republican-led Kentucky General Assembly is showing a lack of leadership by remaining open and advancing controversial legislation with no input from the public. 

Today, House Bill 451 was heard during the Senate Judiciary Committee, a bill intended to allow the Attorney General to shut down abortion providers. This bill has nothing to do with good medical practice, and is another attempt to ban abortion in the Kentucky.

Statement from Tamarra Wieder, Kentucky State Director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK):

“Our elected leaders should rise to the unprecedented moment we are in and lead. We expect more from our elected officials, who should not be spending time restricting health care access, and instead doing everything they can to ensure each person can access essential health care. The General Assembly is spending valuable time and resources exploiting a global pandemic to score political points instead of rallying behind Governor Beshear to respond to this crisis. Simply put: our elected officials are putting lives in jeopardy. It is time to stop the shenanigans and shut this legislative session down now.” 

Watch a Facebook live video of Tamarra Wieder calling on the KYGA to shut down here.