Kentucky legislature approves sweeping abortion bill

Kentucky legislature approves sweeping abortion bill, sending it to governor's desk

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  • CNN — Kentucky lawmakers on Tuesday gave final approval to a sweeping abortion bill that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, restrict access to medication abortion and make it more difficult for a minor to obtain an abortion in the state.
  • HB3, according to the updated bill text on Wednesday, would mandate that the agency also set up a certification program to “oversee and regulate the distribution and dispensing” of drugs for medical abortions, as well as create a “complaint portal” on its website for people to anonymously submit potential violations of the program.
  • Those opposed to the legislation, including Planned Parenthood and the ACLU of Kentucky, argued that the bill would only make it more difficult to obtain a medication abortion.
  • The bill also says any person who “intentionally or recklessly performs an abortion” involving a minor without obtaining the required consent under the bill would be guilty of a Class D felony, which is punishable by imprisonment between one and five years.

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