No one ever said Kentucky governor Matt Bevin was the brightest bulb in the Republican factory, and that’s a pretty low bar at this point. But this is just idiotic.
To all those political opportunists who are seizing on the tragedy in Las Vegas to call for more gun regs…You can't regulate evil…
— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) October 2, 2017
Really? I wonder what Matt Bevin thinks about abortion?
Gov. Matt Bevin continues to waste public resources — including the federal courts’ time — by attacking the rights of Kentuckians to make private decisions about their lives and their families’ futures.
Bevin’s latest assault would effectively outlaw abortion in Kentucky by shutting down the state’s last abortion provider.
Fortunately, a history of U.S. Supreme Court decisions stands as a bulwark against this attack on reproductive rights.
The EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville has been the main provider of abortions in Kentucky since 1980. It has been the only provider since the Bevin administration shut down two other clinics, in Lexington and Louisville, over licensing issues. (The Lexington office of EMW challenged the closure in court but gave up the fight after losing its building lease.)
The state renewed EMW’s license in Louisville just last May, but suddenly earlier this month discovered an alleged deficiency in the clinic’s paperwork and ordered EMW closed by April 3, which would leave Kentucky with no provider of non-emergency abortions.
Since the landmark 1973 ruling that the Constitution’s privacy guarantee protects legal abortion, the Supreme Court also has ruled that states may regulate the procedure but must not place an undue burden on women choosing to end a pregnancy. Last year in a 5-3 decision, the high court struck down Texas restrictions that served no purpose except to limit access to abortion.
Forcing Kentucky women to travel out of state to exercise a legal right certainly imposes an undue burden on them, while the licensing requirements cited by Bevin’s administration serve no medical purpose. (Likewise, Kentucky’s new law forcing doctors to narrate an ultrasound for patients having an abortion serves no medical purpose.)
So you are telling me that Matt Bevin thinks abortion is evil and is trying to regulate it out of existence? It’s almost as if Republican pro-gun arguments aren’t serious or even thought out!