Kentucky AG fights to defend state’s dismemberment abortion ban


Attorney General Daniel Cameron has filed a brief before the U.S. Supreme Court to argue for his ability to defend the dismemberment abortion ban in Kentucky.

House Bill 454, which prohibited dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortions after 11 weeks, was signed into law in 2018 by then-Governor Matt Bevin. The law was struck down as unconstitutional by a district court, a ruling that was then upheld by the Sixth Circuit in June 2020, as Live Action News previously reported.

Kentucky’s new Secretary of Health and Family Services, appointed by pro-abortion Governor Andy Beshear, refused to support the law, and the Sixth Circuit denied Cameron’s attempt to intervene and attempt to appeal the ruling. In March 2021, the Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal from Cameron, who is pro-life, and argued that he should be allowed to defend HB 454.

“As a matter of Kentucky law, the final say on whether to accept a decision enjoining state law does not belong to the Secretary, but rests with Kentucky’s Attorney General,” Cameron argued in his brief to the Supreme Court.


Cameron is set to present his legal argument before the Supreme Court in the fall of 2021 in the case known as Cameron v. EMW Women’s Surgical Center. According to SCOTUS Blog, the outcome of the case will decide whether the attorney general should be permitted to defend HB 454.

Elected in 2019, Democratic Governor Andy Beshear has been consistently pro-abortion. As Live Action News reported, in April 2020, Governor Beshear even vetoed Kentucky’s pro-life Senate Bill 9, which would have mandated medical care for abortion survivors. The bill also would have reclassified abortion — which is never medically necessary — as an elective procedure, and therefore eligible to be restricted during the pandemic. Governor Beshear also granted Planned Parenthood a license to operate in the state, despite its years of negligence and illegal operation.

Susan B. Anthony President Marjorie Dannenfelser praised Cameron’s actions in defense of HB 454.

“We are proud to stand with Attorney General Cameron as he fights for the right to defend Kentucky’s pro-life laws and values, all the way to the Supreme Court,” Dannenfelser said, according to the National Catholic Register. “Kentucky lawmakers acted on the will of the people in banning the barbaric live dismemberment of tiny babies at a stage when they already possess fully formed arms, legs, fingers and toes, passing this legislation by overwhelming bipartisan majorities.”

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