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On Wednesday, the Kentucky legislature passed a last-minute bill classifying abortion as an elective surgical procedure. This was a response to Gov. Beshear’s executive order requiring the closure of non-essential surgical centers all across the Commonwealth. However, he allowed EMW Women’s Clinic in Louisville, which is Kentucky’s only remaining abortion center, to remain open. Critics called out this inconsistency. They pointed to women packed in waiting areas who weren’t practicing social distancing and a place where COVID-19 could be spread. In response, the Kentucky legislature led by Republicans overwhelmingly voted to classify abortion as an elective surgical procedure. They also voted to ban infanticide in cases where babies survived a botched abortion. The bill is now headed to Gov. Beshear’s desk where its fate is uncertain. Read more about the bill here.


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