Commonwealth Policy Center

Gov. Beshear vetoed Kentucky’s Born Alive Infant Protection Act. The bill required that “a physician performing an abortion shall take all medically appropriate and reasonable steps to preserve the life and health of a born-alive infant,” Abortionists who violated the measure would have faced “the automatic suspension” of their license for at least a year. In his veto message: Beshear said that the law wasn’t necessary, that it was likely unconstitutional, and that during the pandemic, he’s “just not doing divisive issues right now.” His veto has angered many who point out the bill passed unanimously in the Senate and had bipartisan support in the House. Attorney General Daniel Cameron called the veto “reprehensible.” Bill sponsor Sen. Whitney Westerfield said passage of a similar bill will be his priority next session.