SCOTUS agrees to hear appeal for intervention by KY attorney general in abortion case

by Jordyn Pair · Apr 2nd, 2021 2:08 pm

Last Updated Apr 3rd, 2021 at 9:46 am

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear an appeal from the Kentucky attorney general, who asked to defend a law against dismemberment abortions that Kentucky governor has declined to defend.

"I promised Kentuckians that I would defend our laws all the way to the United States Supreme Court, and that's what we've done," Cameron said in a statement Monday. "Since day one in office, we've fought to defend House Bill 454, even when the Beshear Administration refused to defend it. This law reflects the conscience of Kentucky by banning the gruesome practice of live dismemberment abortions, and it's important that Kentuckians have a voice before our nation's highest court. I was elected to provide that voice, and we look forward to making our case to the Supreme Court."

The law, known as the Human Rights of Unborn Children Act, is a ban on dismemberment abortion and was signed into law in 2018.

The Kentucky health secretary originally defended it in court, but declined to continue appealing the case after it was struck down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Cameron then asked for permission to intervene, but was blocked by the Sixth Circuit, prompting him to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.


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