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State Supreme Court hears arguments in abortion case State Supreme Court hears arguments in abortion case

State Supreme Court hears arguments in abortion case






Protesters were audible inside the court chamber, reports Alex
Acquisto of the Lexington Herald-Leader, who took the photo. By Al Cross
Kentucky Health News
The Supreme Court of Kentucky heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that will ultimately, but not immediately, decide the constitutional framework for abortion laws in Kentucky.
The immediate issue before the seven justices is whether to reinstate a Jefferson Circuit Court judge's injunction blocking two laws that ban almost all abortions in the state. Reinstatement would allow the state's two abortion clinics, both in Louisville, to resume performing the procedure.
The ultimate issue, which will almost certainly be decided by a court with two new justices elected last week, is whether the state constitution's sweeping language about liberty, equality, religious freedom and self-determination creates a right to abortion. The court has found in earlier cases that the language establishes a right to privacy, the source of constitutional protection of abortion rights in other states, and the right asserted by the clinics on behalf of their would-be patients. The lower-court injunction looked favorably on those arguments.
Clinic attorney Heather Gatnarek, an employee of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, said the central question for the Supreme Court is: ?At what point in pregnancy does the state?s interest in protecting fetal life become compelling enough to outweigh an individual?s rights to make ...
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Publication date: 16-11-2022 16:06
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