As I write this, the D&E ban sits, unsigned, on the desk of our punishing Governor.
According to ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project staff, the law will automatically take effect tomorrow, Tuesday April 10th, 2018. This law will ban the safest form of abortion in the second trimester, while already having been struck down in multiple states. It is not based on scientific or medical recommendations.
We are not surprised, nor are we ignorant of the motives behind this law. It is yet another step in restricting access to safe and legal care for individuals who are perfectly capable of deciding if, when, and how to create or grow their families.
The impact of this law will be that people from all over Kentucky, plus surrounding states throughout the region who would have traveled for care at EMW will be forced to either travel farther (which will have additional increased costs for transportation, lodging, childcare, time off work, etc) or they will be forced to go without care, or take other – potentially harmful measures.
Since Matt Bevin took office, google searches for phrases like “how to self abort” and “home abortion” have been on the rise in Kentucky. Abortions will happen despite legal restrictions. They will just become less safe.
So, what can you do?
Stay tuned, as the ACLU will be taking our state government to court yet again (this will make the forth case in litigation during Bevin’s term) and also DONATE to both the ACLU and Kentucky Health Justice Network, whose Abortion Support Fund will continue supporting Kentuckians even if they have to travel as far as Illinois, Colorado, New Mexico, or Washington DC for care – act fast and your donation to KHJN will be matched by generous sponsors!!
As you know, I am very passionate about Reproductive Justice, and am fully committed to abortion access in KY, particularly with additional restrictions currently coming out of Frankfort.
KHJN is nearing the home stretch in our spring Dance-a-thon campaign, which benefits all of our programs, supporting access to birth control, abortion, and gender affirming care for folks facing barriers.
My program, the Abortion Support Fund has seen a drastic increase in calls since the GOP took control in Frankfort and closed the Lexington EMW clinic, blocked Planned Parenthood from providing abortion care, and continually chip away at access while attempting to close the only clinic left in the Commonwealth, EMW in Louisville.
We will continue to offer funding, transportation, lodging, language, and childcare assistance to our callers, even if we have to accompany them to other states.
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