This newspaper’s editorial board has long held the view that abortion is wrong and that every child deserves a chance at life.

We still are of that belief, except in cases of rape and incest.

Kentucky is a largely pro-life state with a majority that rightfully believes as we do that abortion is paramount to murder, especially when it pertains to late-term abortions.

In recent years, Republican and some moderate Democratic legislators passed several anti-abortion bills that were signed into law by then-Gov. Matt Bevin in an attempt to put tighter restrictions on abortion in our state. We’ve supported those tighter restrictions, as well as the legislators and Bevin who backed them by signing their bills into law.

Several other states have passed anti-abortion laws similar to those in Kentucky. These laws will ultimately be heard by the U.S Supreme Court and we are hopeful that the high court upholds these laws, which we believe are constitutional.

Last year, Kentuckians narrowly elected Gov. Andy Beshear, a pro-choice Democrat. Beshear’s record of being pro-abortion is well known. As the state’s attorney general, he refused to defend anti-abortion laws passed by the state legislature and even accepted support from abortion-rights groups.

It’s hard to believe that in a very evangelical, conservative state such as Kentucky that we have a governor who is pro-choice, but we do.

During the recently completed legislative session, Senate Bill 9 was passed with bipartisan support in Frankfort. If signed into law, the bill would’ve given Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron authority to stop abortions during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also would have protected infants who are “born alive” after failed abortions.

Our editorial board was very supportive of this piece of legislation, but unfortunately and sadly on Friday, Beshear vetoed SB 9. Instead of addressing Cameron in his veto message, he said he vetoed the bill “because existing Kentucky law already protects children from being denied life-saving medical care and treatment when they are born.”

An amended version of SB 9 sent to the governor declared abortion to be an elective medical procedure, which Beshear has banned during the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to help preserve personal protective equipment and slow the spread of the disease. Defining which medical procedures are elective has largely been left to the medical community to decide on a case-by-case basis.

Here’s where we really take issue with Beashear’s veto. The term “elective” covers a wide variety of procedures – including cataract, cosmetic, orthopedic surgery and other types of surgery.

We believe that abortion is an elective surgery, unless a woman’s life is in severe danger, so it appears with this veto that Beshear is picking and choosing what he is defining as an elective surgery, which is very unfortunate and quite frankly unfair.

Does it seem fair to deny people who need legitimate surgeries the opportunity to do so, but simultaneously allow the murder of unborn children to continue to occur on a daily basis?

We think not.

While Beshear should be ashamed of vetoing a bill that received bipartisan support in the legislature and that a majority of our citizens supported, Republicans are at fault for failing to do more to make this become law sooner.

State Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, was the sponsor of Senate Bill 9 and he introduced the bill soon after the session began in January. It was passed by both chambers and could’ve been sent to Beshear’s desk in plenty of time before this year’s legislative session ended April 15. Instead, Republicans and moderate Democrats who supported it waited until the final hours of the legislative session. Once the legislature adjourned, they had no rights under Kentucky law to override Beshear’s veto.

There are politics at play here. Legislators knew full well that Beshear would veto this bill, and if they really wanted this to become law they would’ve delivered it to Beshear in ample time to override him before the session ended. But they didn’t. So while blame certainly rests with Beshear for vetoing a piece of legislation that should’ve, and needed to, become law, blame also rests with the Republican majority who played politics with this bill instead of taking steps to ensure it would become law in Kentucky.

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Enough Already 2

The BG Daily News is again showing that they are trite enough to present a political position on a very serious issue and yet they have really not endeavored to think anything through, beyond the notion that this headline will rally Trump’s “solid 37% at any cost core” to get riled up a bit.

Despite what is implied, the right to choose is not an absolute black and white issue as you seem to imply.

Is an abortion absolutely wrong, except for a pregnancy resulting in rape or incest? Why is this?

Is this a religious decision? Is this just the decision of a patriarchal and historically outmoded element of our society? Where and when did God speak up so concisely about this issue? Is this a godly issue or a human issue?

What is the difference for this particular situation?

What about just plain and simple chemical birth control? Is this possibly a form of human control over the fetal development process? Do you even understand the process for a fertilized egg to attach to the host and start the cell division, multiplying, system development and the other complicated operations that may or could lead to a viable life? Or perhaps the woman’s body self-aborts? Whose plan is this?

I think that there are many elements that may be considered when a woman is deciding on something so important as her own body. You have offered two reasons why this development should and can be interrupted. Perhaps the woman, whose body we are discussing, should be allowed come up with her own personal rationale as to what other issues are appropriate in her situation and life.

A woman’s choice should be the absolute rule!

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Yet the women with the my-body-my-rules brand don't feel that way about the men not wearing masks and singing praises to Yahuah or debating scripture from congregation rooms or a bunch of people all deciding they'd rather take a chance on the illness like in the Chicken Pox party days. They don't feel that way about those who believe the doctors who understand how the immune system works and are therefore opposed to economic lockdown since it will crush immune systems and create longer-term suffering. Funny how my-body-my-rule isn't extended to males and women who want to make decisions about their body other than offing their future children.

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