Pro-life governors have made a big impact on their state's abortion industries recently. As you may know, Scott Walker signed two bills defunding Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin this week, and John Kasich is set to do the same some time after the South Carolina primary concludes.
Governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevin, who has only been in office since December 2015, has already made headlines for the pro-life cause. On February 2, Bevin signed Senate Bill 4 into law. The new law was the first of Bevin's tenure as governor, and reportedly, "The bill is the first pro-life measure to pass the Kentucky legislature in 12 years". The bill, as reported by Life News:
...amends the state’s informed consent law to require either an in-person or a real-time video consultation between a doctor and woman at least 24 hours before having an abortion, according to the Associated Press. During the meeting, the woman will be informed about the risks of abortion, the age of her unborn baby and the support available to her if she chose childbirth.
A solid step in the right direction, which will hopefully save some lives.
This week, Governor Bevin continued to address the state's abortion industry by filing a lawsuit against Kentucky's Planned Parenthood for violating law by performing abortions (essentially illegal abortions) without a proper license at their new clinic in Louisville. Up until December 3, when abortions began to be performed there, Planned Parenthood had not offered them in Kentucky. The PP license was filed during Bevin's predecessor's administration, but the suit insists it was hastily pushed through since the former governor was pro-abortion. Planned Parenthood had even called the former governor, Steve Beshear, a "health care hero". The specifics of the lawsuit according to the Courier-Journal:
The Bevin administration has said the Planned Parenthood license application was deficient because the organization lacked proper agreements with a local hospital and ambulance service in case a patient needed to be transported to a hospital.
Such agreements are required as part of the license application. The Bevin administration has said the agreements Planned Parenthood provided were incomplete and inadequate.
As a result, patients could have been put at risk, the lawsuit said.
Still there is more to the fight against abortion in Kentucky. Another bill, Senate Bill 152, is currently working its way through the State Senate. The bill would require an ultrasound be performed by a doctor, and that ultrasound be described to a woman seeking an abortion, before that abortion could occur. This would be another good step in the fight for life in Kentucky, and Governor Bevin would surely sign this, too.
Naturally, the pro-abort crowd is in an uproar at the "attacks" on their industry in the Bluegrass state, and are slamming Bevin for his actions, not even three months into his administration.
So far, Governor Bevin has done well in tackling social issues, such as abortion, in his state. Hopefully this will continue with victories in court as well as in the legislature. And hopefully other pro-life governors will take notes from Wisconsin and Kentucky, and seek to do the same.