2022 ELECTION

Kentucky Draws Red Line for Abortion Rights

Vanessa Gallman

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Photo: ACLU Kentucky on Twitter

Living in a blue area of conservative Kentucky, I seldom have cause to celebrate state politics. But I am proud voters decided against a ballot initiative denying a constitutional right to abortion.

Several other states also affirmed abortion rights. But Kentucky’s vote — along with rejecting an effort to take power from the Democratic governor — was defiance against right-wing ascendency.

Still abortion rights remain unsettled. Kentucky has two bans — a six-week one and a total one triggered by Roe v. Wade’s overturn. Kentucky Supreme Court will hear a case next week filed by abortion providers. Justices now know where voters stand.

Also, three Jewish women from Louisville have sued, saying abortion bans infringe on religious freedom. The case, along with similar challenges, could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court. So, Kentucky just might help lead the way on protecting reproductive rights.

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Vanessa Gallman

Experienced journalist, educator and retired opinion-page editor with occasional musings