Kentucky Pushes Two Anti-Abortion Bills

Kentucky decided to go all in with its assault on women’s rights this week proposing not one but two bills that would place more restrictions on women seeking abortions.

One bill would require women to have ultrasounds before having an abortions, similar to the forced ultrasound law in Texas. The other bill would clarify existing “informed consent” law by requiring women to have face-to-face consultations with a physician, licensed nurse, physician’s assistant or physician-delegated social worker before having an abortion.

Sen, Jack Westwood, chairman of the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee was clear the intention behind the bill was to make it as difficult as possible for a woman to have an abortion. Westwood went one step further insisting that “[t]o me, it’s not a political issue, it’s a moral issue.”

Well glad we cleared that up.

Opponents of the measure stated the obvious in declaring the measure one that was not intended to help women who find themselves in difficult situations. In fact, I’d even say that these measures are designed to punish women who have the temerity to try and exercise some independence over their bodies and their lives.

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Lauren F.
Lauren F5 years ago


John Z.
John Z5 years ago

Lynn B. - Do you not think that a morality issue having detrimental effects on a nation, its security, its future, should be addressed by govt.?

Lynn Bishop
Lynn Bishop5 years ago

Westwood went one step further insisting that “[t]o me, it’s not a political issue, it’s a moral issue.”

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Considering the morality of many government officials and employees at all local, state and federal levels; isn't having government in charge of morality a lot like putting the fox in charge of the hen house?????

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

Roe vs Wade: it is a woman's right to have an abortion if she wants to, and it is a privacy matter b/w herself and her doctor (medical procedure). If you do not want to have an abortion, do not have one. Each woman has the right to make that decision for herself. THE END.

John Z.
John Z5 years ago

Linda M. You appear to have all the answers. Why bother asking when you have so and your responses are ordered as insults? Great dialogue! Have a good weekend. Z

Linda McKellar
Past Member 5 years ago

John Z. Obviously your beliefs have blinded you to facts.
1- It is all well and good to be chaste outside of marriage but as you know from your "extensive travels" there is much violence and rape going on in Africa due to the endless civil wars and women are of course the victims. As well, sexual activity is not the only way HIV can be contracted. Can a spouse with HIV contracted by blood product protect his/her partner by using a condom? Can a rape victim protect his/her partner by using a condom? As far as chastity, especially among the poorly educated, you do live in a dream world. I don't condone it but if the pope would pull his head out of his butt and get out of his posh digs he would clue into that. I wonder if any gay, pedophile priests have spread HIV to any choir boys. Just curious.
2-The death of a mother through church imposed edicts is no different than burning at the stake only this woman wasn't a heretic and it took a little longer.
3- Been there, done that. Sure, whatever you say.
4- The pope is a man, nothing more and his infallibility re church matters consists of someone who has brainwashed himself by years of studying archaic texts written by man in a cloistered environment. Oh, that's not completely true. I suppose he wasn't cloistered during his time with the Hitler Youth.
I do not care to read your religious texts as I prefer to think as opposed to being spoon fed propaganda.
Have a nice weekend yourself. Thank you for your illogical responses.

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley5 years ago

That a Senator, a politician, would even consider punishing women on what he calls a "moral issue" is simply outrageous to me. This fool needs to stick to "political issues" and quit worrying about what women choose to do with their own bodies!

John Z.
John Z5 years ago

Hi Linda M.


That's St. Gianna Biretta Molla for your google search.

have a great weekend!


John Z.
John Z5 years ago

Hi Linda M. (continued)

4- Do you consider the pope infallible wiyh a direct conduit to god or is he just a man like every other?

The Holy Father is infallible when he speaks “ex cathedra” on matters of Faith and Morals. Would you like a more detailed response?

A quick read is “Confessions of a Roman Catholic” published by Tan. Short and to the point. Further the Television series “Catholicism” by Father Barron is a worthwhile pursuit. These should clarify your concerns.

Have a great weekend!

John Z.
John Z5 years ago

Hi Linda M.

Decided to follow up immediately w/Coles version following.

1-Do you not consider the pope a criminal (crimes against humanity aka genocide) for prohibiting the use of condoms which are very effective in controlling the spread of HIV? Millions died because of his edict and millions of orphans created. Sounds criminal to me.

As Catholics, we believe in living a chaste life (celibate outside of marriage). In affirming and encouraging this he is in no way culpable.

2-What right does a priest have to let a woman die by preventing sterilization or the use of birth control for a woman who will die from repeated pregnancies? My friend was going to be a priest. When his mother died due to the priest's interference he left the Catholic church and now hates it. That priest killed his mother.

The facts of this situation are missing but it appears to be a sad tragedy involving a test of faith. Google Saint Gianna. Would you like a more detailed theological response?

3-You may have travelled but have you actually been to the hell holes of the earth to see the misery caused by overpopulation or did you sit on a beach?

Been there, done that. By the way, “overpopulation” is a myth. No such thing. Crowding caused by greed and poor management/governance but “overpopulation”, no.

4- Do you consider the pope infallible with a direct conduit to God or is he just a man like every other?

The Holy Father is infallible when he speaks