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Kentucky

Post-Viability Abortion Restriction

Kentucky's post-viability abortion restriction states that no abortion may be provided after viability unless necessary to preserve the woman's life or health.  The attending physician must take all reasonable steps consistent with reasonable medical practices to preserve the life and health of the fetus.  Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 311.780 (Enacted 1974), 311.720(10) (Enacted 1974).

A court has held that this law is constitutional.  Wolfe v. Schroering, 388 F. Supp. 631 (W.D. Ky. 1974).

NARAL Pro-Choice America supports the legal framework established in Roe v. Wade and does not oppose restrictions on post-viability abortions, such as Kentucky's, that contain adequate exceptions to protect the woman's life and health.


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