FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Kentucky Representative Robert Goforth pre-filed BR 823 Thursday, which would change the state abortion law.
The bill would create new sections of KRS Chapter 311. It would require a person who intends to perform an abortion to determine if there is a detectable fetal heartbeat beforehand. If the heartbeat is detectable, then the bill would make it illegal to perform an abortion.
“My proposal recognizes that everyone has a right to life,” Goforth said. “My personal belief is that life begins at conception and ends at natural death. A heartbeat proves that there’s life that deserves protection under law—if a heart is beating, a baby needs to be protected and given an opportunity to live.”
BR 823 would also provide exceptions for medical emergencies, with the requirement of documentation of whether an abortion was performed to preserve the health of the pregnant woman.
“My children were barely two pounds when they were born 11 weeks early. We spent 23 weeks in the hospital when they were born and there were babies born there even earlier than they were," said Goforth. “Some states perform abortions when the gestation is even further along than my children were when they were born. We’re talking about viable babies. They are children. We owe it to all children to stand up and fight for them. This is the most pro-life piece of the legislation that has ever been filed in the Kentucky Legislature.”
The bill does not restrict access to contraceptives.
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