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December 9, 2019 / Press Releases

NARAL Reacts to Supreme Court Allowing Harmful Anti-Choice Law to Go Into Effect in Kentucky


SCOTUS’ decision is a foreboding sign before Court takes up next major abortion case in June v. Gee

For Immediate Release: December 9, 2019
Contact: media@prochoiceamerica.org

The United States Supreme Court today allowed a restrictive Kentucky law to go into effect. In response, NARAL Pro-Choice America Chief Research and Communications Officer Adrienne Kimmell released the following statement:

“Mandatory ultrasound laws like Kentucky’s were designed by anti-choice extremists solely to intimidate, shame, and harass women who seek abortion care. These types of one-size-fits-all restrictions aren’t medically justified and are harmful to women. Such political overreach is blatantly unconstitutional, not to mention out-of-touch with the majority of Americans who believe that everyone should be able to make their own decisions about pregnancy free from political interference. Anti-choice politicians have shown time and again that their goal is to attack women’s health, rights, and lives by any means necessary. It is extremely disturbing that the Supreme Court let this harmful law stand, and a foreboding sign for when the Court takes up another major abortion case in March.” 

Kentucky’s law, which is designed specifically to shame and intimidate women seeking abortion care, was signed by extreme anti-choice Republican Governor Matt Bevin. Bevin lost his reelection in November and will be replaced by NARAL-endorsed Democratic Governor-elect Andy Beshear, who will be sworn into office tomorrow.

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NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all. For more than 50 years, NARAL has worked to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. Since 1969, NARAL has made history, grown to over 2.5 million members, and met the moments that have defined this fight with action, power and freedom.  In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”

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