Kentucky voters, do you know what Issue 2 is? It is a proposal to amend the Constitution of our state by adding this statement
“To protect human life, nothing in this constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.” Since the US Supreme Court ruling of June 24, 2022, which overturned Roe v Wade, Kentucky passed a total ban on abortion, making it illegal from fertilization on. So why does the Republican legislature of Kentucky feel the need to add this clause to the constitution?
With this amendment in place, the more radical representatives for Kentucky can ban all abortion access for all women and girls, NO Exceptions, ever, with protection from the state’s constitution, ensuing they will not be challenged in court.
Also the door will be open for laws defining human life beginning whenever they arbitrarily decide; at conception, when the fertilized egg is still a zygote floating in a woman’s uterus, or at 6 weeks, when the embryo, the size of a peanut, looking like a tadpole, now has a tube, that is not yet a heart, generating sporadic electrical impulses that are not yet heart beats, or at 12 weeks gestation when the fetus is the size of a plum and now looks more like a tiny human with a very large head.
As a Pro Life Kentuckian I will always chose the life of the living breathing pregnant teen, the abused woman who cannot care for another child, or the rape victim who discovers she’s pregnant too late for a medically induced termination, over an embryo every time. And since I value life, I also believe we need guidelines and controls on how and when abortions are performed. But when the life of the mother is in jeopardy when a pregnancy is allowed to continue, it should be a no brainer. The entity that is breathing and thinking is more valuable than an unborn, non-viable fetus. And if the pregnancy is more advanced, past 22+ weeks, then either labor should be induced or an emergency cesarian section performed, in hopes of saving both mother and baby. And this is exactly how medical professionals treat such cases. Either way those involved are going through something very horrific and should always have the right to decide along with their health care team, to do what is best for them, without the threat of breaking a law hanging over them.
I also believe there is room for compromise. I believe if both sides work together, we can come up with compassionate laws that protect life and the right of a woman to make decisions regarding her body, but not at the expense of common sense.
So please consider the facts carefully before you vote. As for me, I will be voting NO on Issue 2 on November 8th,