After Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court on June 24, 2022, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said the state was one of several to have a trigger law take effect, protecting nearly all preborn human beings from abortion. Yet after several court failures, the law won’t be taking effect.
After Roe was overturned, putting the trigger law into effect, the state’s two abortion facilities — Planned Parenthood and EMW Women’s Surgical Center — sued to block the law. Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Mitch Perry ruled in their favor, and prohibited enforcement of the law. The ruling also stopped a restriction on abortions after six weeks which had been passed in 2019, and which had already been blocked by federal courts. “It is ordered that Plaintiffs have established their right to entry of a restraining order against, and therefore the motion is granted,” Perry wrote in the ruling.
Abortions were then allowed once again to be committed, so Attorney General Daniel Cameron filed an appeal. But this week, the Kentucky Supreme Court denied his request to issue a stay against Perry’s decision.
“The Supreme Court’s decision to continue delaying enforcement of Kentucky’s Human Life Protection Act and Heartbeat Law is disappointing,” Cameron said in response. “We will not be deterred in defending these important laws, and our team will make a strong case tomorrow in Jefferson Circuit Court to have the laws reinstated.”
The stay is in place while Perry decides whether or not to issue a permanent injunction against the law. “I see both sides,” he said to the Courier-Journal. “I haven’t decided yet, obviously.”
The abortion facilities and the state were given until July 18 to submit their arguments. Meanwhile, Cameron urged the courts to act quickly, and vowed that he would continue fighting to protect preborn humans.
“Every day that goes by that the Human Life Protection Act and Heartbeat Law are prevented from taking effect, more unborn lives will be lost,” he said. “These laws represent Kentucky’s values and its support for life. We’re moving quickly to defend this important law and to have it restored.”
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