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Kentucky Passes a Bill Banning Dismemberment Abortions

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A bill banning dismemberment abortions is on its way to the Kentucky governor’s desk for signing, marking yet another step in a several-week streak of life-affirming state legislation.

The bill banning D&E abortions passed the Kentucky Senate 31-5, then flew through the House in a 75-13 vote Tuesday. The bill is now headed to the desk of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, a strong pro-lifer who has already signed a state bill banning abortions after 20 weeks.

The Lexington Herald Leader reports D&E abortions made up 537 of the 3,312 abortions – roughly 16 percent – performed in the state in 2016, according to state records.

According to Live Action, which hailed the bill’s passage as a major success for pro-lifers, dismemberment abortions are usually performed between 13 and 24 weeks of pregnancy.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Addia Wuchner, a female legislator representing Burlington.

The new Kentucky bill comes just days after Mississippi passed a law banning all abortions after 15 weeks – a measure that’s been, unsurprisingly, temporarily blocked by a federal judge.

Indiana enacted a new law this week requiring doctors to report abortion complications to the state.

Ohio recently passed a law banning elective abortions done for the sole purpose of terminating a child with Down syndrome – another law that was temporarily blocked by a federal judge. Now, the state legislature is considering an outright ban on all abortions.

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