Heartbeat Heads to the House
This month the Senate Committee forwarded the Heartbeat Bill to the Senate where it passed by a vote of 31-6.
On February 14th, the Senate Committee passed the Heartbeat Bill out of committee with 10 favoring and 2 opposed. The “Heartbeat Bill,” sponsored by Sen. Matt Castlen, would ban abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, which occurs at around 6 weeks.
On Thursday, February 14th the Senate vote supported the bill with 31 in favor and 6 opposed. Pro-life activist and former Planned Parenthood Clinic Manager also our Banquet Keynote speaker in 2014, Abby Johnson testified, along with abortion-survivor Claire Culwell, Louisville Dr. Jeanne Bramer (Ob-Gyn, our Medical Director), and April Lanham’s unborn child – whose heartbeat was heard via Doppler fetal monitor.
Those who testified against the bill included the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Reverend Penwell of Douglass Blvd. Christian Church of Louisville, post-abortive Louisville resident Nicole Stipp, and patient advocate Katie Vandergrift of Midway. Testimony against the bill focused largely on “facts” related to poverty, domestic violence, and “contraception sabotage.”
One thing is certain—KY is keeping the ACLU lawyers fully employed.
For more information on Kentucky’s pro-life legislation go to Kentucky Family.org and click on “Legislative HQ”.