Kentucky Religious Rallying Behind Abortion Ban
By West Kentucky Star Staff
LOUISVILLE, KY - Kentucky's religious community is rallying behind the abortion ban passed by the Kentucky House Saturday evening, and expected to be passed by the Senate and signed into law by Governor Matt Bevin.

The Kentucky Southern Baptist Convention released the following statement following the news of the bill's passage in the State House:

"Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director Paul Chitwood issued the following statement after final passage of two important prolife bills on Saturday:

Kentucky Baptists have been working, hoping, and praying for this day for a very long time. I thank God for House Speaker Jeff Hoover, Senate President Robert Stivers, Governor Matt Bevin, and every Kentucky lawmaker who courageously used their influence and vote on behalf of the voiceless and vulnerable to see that abortion is banned after a conceived child is 20 weeks old. 

The first responsibility of government is to provide security for its citizens and today that promise is being fulfilled to babies who, in most cases, could survive outside of the womb.

A close friend of mine is the adopted father of a happy, healthy three-year-old whose biological mother chose not to have him killed after seeing him in her womb through the technology of an ultrasound. I never think of him without also thinking about the Texas lawmakers who helped give him and untold thousands of other children a better chance of survival by passing ultrasound legislation in that state five years ago. 

While every Kentucky mother considering an abortion may not make the same decision, she will at least now have the same opportunity and babies will have a better chance at life. At a minimum, a required ultrasound will help ensure a mother understands the abortion procedure, its risks and consequences."

The bill is expected to be sent to the Senate either Sunday or Monday and expected to be passed.  From there it will go to Governor Matt Bevin (R) who is expected to sign the measure into law.

Published 08:39 PM, Saturday Jan. 07, 2017
Updated 08:43 PM, Saturday Jan. 07, 2017

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