Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (right) on Sunday asked the state Supreme Court to reinstate an abortion ban that briefly went into effect after Roe v. Wade, but was later blocked by a lower court.
A judge on Thursday had temporarily blocked the implementation of two state laws, which would effectively ban abortion unless it is necessary to save the woman’s life, following a challenge from advocacy groups. Abortion rights advocate claiming that the Kentucky state constitution protects the right to abortion. An appeals court judge later denied a request by Cameron to reinstate the ban.
“We are exhausting every avenue possible to have Kentucky’s Human Life Protection Act and Heartbeat Act reinstated,” Cameron said in a statement. “There is no issue more important than the protection of life, and we urge the highest court in the state to consider our request for emergency assistance.”
Cameron’s filings with the Kentucky Supreme Court argue that there is no right to abortion in the state constitution and that without an emergency ruling from him, unborn children will suffer immediate and irreparable harm.
Samuel Crankshaw — spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, which is representing one of the abortion providers in the lawsuit — welcomed the appeals court’s ruling which affirmed the blocking of implementation immediately from the law.
“We are pleased to see the Court of Appeal agrees that the lower court took appropriate emergency steps to protect access to abortion,” Crankshaw said in a statement. “This victory is temporary, but we will not back down in the fight to defend the most basic rights of Kentuckians against hardline politicians like Daniel Cameron.”
Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, another plaintiff in the suit, did not immediately return a request for comment.
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi, reversing landmark Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey who established and protected a constitutional right to abortion.
Kentucky and other states had passed so-called trigger laws that automatically go into effect upon the court’s decision. As authorities now begin to enforce these laws in states across the country, abortion activists have filed a series of lawsuits seeking an end to the newly implemented restrictions.
The removal of the federal abortion law has fueled intense anger for many, with liberals hoping the decision will galvanize voters to back the Democrats.