Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Attorneys with the Bevin administration went to federal court last week to defend a recently enacted pro-life law that bans what is known as dismemberment abortion. Steve Pitt, Gov. Bevin’s general counsel called it a "gruesome procedure" where the unborn child's limbs are torn from its body while still alive in the womb. It's a horrible image and tragic to even have to mention this. But perhaps more tragic is that there were 537 dismemberment abortions in 2016. That's 1/6th of all abortions in the commonwealth. Pitt said that allowing such things happen to living human beings is "antithetical to everything that we stand for as a civilized society.”  The fate of the law is now in the hands of the federal court. And the ruling is expected sometime next year.