FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - Updated, Wednesday
The fight against two pro-life bills Governor Matt Bevin signed into law is pressing on.
Senate Bill 9 bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. House Bill 5 bans abortions based on gender, race or disability.
Sister station WKYT reports the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says the bills are unconstitutional. A judge temporarily blocked both bills from going into effect.
"Simply says that in Kentucky we think it is inappropriate to kill an unborn child because of its race or of the child's gender or of a perceived disability," said Gov. Bevin.
"There is no law that allows the state to inquire into a woman's right for exercising her constitutional right to healthcare," said Amy Cubbage.
Original Story, Tuesday
Governor Matt Bevin signed into law House Bill 5 Tuesday, which bans abortions based on gender, race, color, national origin or disability.
EMW Women's Surgical Center filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, trying to block the enforcement of HB 5 along with Senate Bill 9, another pro-life bill that bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
Bevin's administration filed a response to the EMW's motion.
"EMW and its abortionists have responded with a novel claim: women have a constitutional right to undergo race-based abortions, gender-based abortions, and disability-based abortions. In [the] plaintiffs' view, somewhere in the Fourteenth Amendment's penumbra lies a secret protection of eugenics. That is a perverse distortion of Roe v. Wade and its progeny."
EMW is concerned the new bill will cause "substantial harm to others". Bevin's office says it will instead protect unborn children "forced" to be aborted due to race, gender or non-lethal disability.
You can read EMW's filed motion and Gov. Bevin's administration's response below. (If viewing on a mobile app, click the link to view the documents in a web browser.)