Kentucky lawmakers vote to give AG power to regulate abortion clinics

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s anti-abortion attorney general would be given new power to regulate abortion clinics under a bill that won final passage Saturday from the Republican-dominated legislature.

The Senate voted 30-5 to send the measure to Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear, who vetoed similar legislation in 2020. Last year’s bill passed shortly before the session ended, preventing lawmakers from overriding the veto. Now, just days into their 30-day session, lawmakers would have plenty of time to take up an override of this year’s bill.

The abortion-related proposal became the first bill to clear the legislature during this year’s pandemic-dominated session. In the opening week of the session, GOP lawmakers expedited work on bills dealing with abortion and limiting the governor’s emergency powers to deal with the COVID-19 crisis.


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