The legislation does not provide exceptions for cases of rape or incest.
The bill, he said, “requires physicians who perform non-surgical procedures to maintain hospital admitting privileges in geographic proximity to where the procedure is performed. The Supreme Court has ruled these unconstitutional requirements because they make it impossible for women, including a child who is a victim of rape or incest, to obtain proceedings in certain areas of the state.
The legislation would also change the law that deals with minors who obtain abortions so that only a treating physician, not an agent, can obtain written consent and requires that the consenting parent or legal guardian “have made a reasonable attempt to inform” any other parent. with joint or physical custody at least 48 hours before giving consent.
Samuel Crankshaw, communications manager for the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, said in a statement Friday that the bill “inserts politics into medicine, aggressively pushes science out of health care and threatens the good -being Kentuckians”.
“House Bill 3 has nothing to do with improving patient safety; it’s just another way for extreme politicians in Kentucky to advance their political agenda at the expense of the lives of their constituents,” added Crankshaw.
Despite Beshear’s action, the state General Assembly can override the veto next week with “a constitutional majority of 51 votes in the House of Representatives and 20 votes in the Senate,” Crankshaw said.
Last month, the GOP-led Senate voted 29-0 to pass the legislation and amended the bill to include a 15-week ban. That same day, the state’s Republican-controlled House passed the measure by 74-19.
CNN’s Rachel Janfaza and Veronica Stracqualursi contributed to this report.