FRANKFORT, Ky. — A Republican lawmaker in Kentucky has filed a bill that would abolish elective abortions in the state, leaving an exception for those recommended by a physician for medical reasons.
“Whereas an average of more than nine unborn children are killed via abortion in Kentucky each day, an emergency is declared to exist, and this Act takes effect upon its passage and approval by the governor or upon its otherwise becoming a law,” reads the “Abolition of Abortion in Kentucky Act” submitted by Rep. Dan Johnson of Mt. Washington.
The bill would remove language from existing law exempting abortionists from criminal prosecution, and add text requiring prosecutors to apply fetal homicide laws “to abortion facilities, or any other provisions of the law relating to an abortion, regardless of the identity of the actor.” Abortions recommended by a physician for medical reasons, however, would not be prosecuted.
Johnson’s legislation would direct state attorneys to enforce the law “regardless of any contrary or conflicting state or federal laws, administrative regulations, executive orders, or judicial decisions.”
“Any federal statute, administrative regulation, executive order, or judicial decision that purports to supersede, stay, or overrule the provisions of this Act is in violation of the Kentucky Constitution and the Constitution of the United States of America and is therefore void,” it reads. “The Commonwealth of Kentucky and its political subdivisions, and agents thereof, may not enter an appearance, special or otherwise, in any federal suit challenging the provisions of this Act.”
Abortion advocacy groups have already decried the proposal. Elizabeth Nash of the Guttmacher Institute told local radio station WFPL that states are not permitted to ban abortion due to the 1973 ruling of Roe v. Wade.
“The U.S. Supreme Court has said that a state may place restrictions on abortion before viability, but the state cannot ban abortion before viability,” she said. “The state can place more restrictions on abortion after viability but after viability, a woman must still be able to access abortion if her life or health is at risk.”
Johnson, a pastor, has not yet commented publicly on the measure. He was at the center of controversy last year after posting content to social media that some found to be offensive and/or racist, an accusation that he denied, contending that the material was only meant to be satire.
As previously reported, a pastor and former member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives who is currently running for governor of Oklahoma recently said in an online video that if elected, he would abolish abortion in his state.
“If elected, I will do everything in my power to bring this evil to an end and take executive action to ensure that all Oklahomans are equally protected, including the preborn,” declared Dan Fisher, pastor of Liberty Church in Yukon. “I will disregard any unjust rulings or perversions of the U.S. Constitution that claim that there is a right to murder preborn human beings in the womb.”
Fisher is opposed to abortion in all cases without exception.
Ecclesiastes 11:5 reads, “As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child, even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.”