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Kentucky governor vetoes ban on most abortions after 15 weeks pregnant
House Bill 3 imposes a number of restrictions on drugs used in medical abortion, such as mifepristone. Under the bill, the drug cannot be given to a patient without obtaining their “informed consent” at least 24 hours in advance, which includes signing a “office-created” document.

The legislation does not provide exceptions for cases of rape or incest.

Beshear said in a veto letter signed Friday that the legislation was “probably unconstitutional.”

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.

The governor, who could have chosen to allow the bill to become law without signing it, has already vetoed the abortion legislation.
Beshear previously told reporters he would “review every” bill, and in response to a question about abortion bills that were pending in mid-March, the governor said he believed that “health care decisions should be made between a patient and their doctor”.
His veto follows a recent wave of state-level actions to restrict abortion access across the country.
Last month, Republican Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law a ban on most abortions in the state after 15 weeks, similar to the Mississippi law currently before the US Supreme Court, and the South Dakota’s Republican Governor, Kristi Noem, has signed a bill that will further restrict access to medical abortions in the state.
In Idaho, Republican Gov. Brad Little signed legislation inspired by Texas law that bans abortions after about six weeks, becoming the first state to follow the controversial Texas law that allows private citizens to apply the restrictions through lawsuits.

CNN’s Rachel Janfaza and Veronica Stracqualursi contributed to this report.

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