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Kentucky Human Life Protection Act (HB 148)

This law was last updated on Mar 27, 2019

This law is Anti–Choice




HB 148


Signed into Law


Jan 10, 2019


Co-sponsors: 33
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 34


Fetal Homicide, Personhood

Full Bill Text

HB 148 would trigger a statewide abortion ban if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. 

The bill would make it a felony to knowingly administer to, prescribe for, procure for, or sell to any pregnant person any medicine, drug, or other substance with the specific intent of causing or abetting an abortion.

It would also be a Class D felony to use or employ any instrument or procedure upon a pregnant person with the specific intent of causing or abetting an abortion.

This would not apply when an abortion is necessary to prevent the death or substantial risk of death due to a physical condition, or to prevent the serious, permanent impairment of a life-sustaining organ of a pregnant person. If this occurs, the physician would be required to make reasonable medical efforts to preserve both the life of the pregnant person and the life of the “unborn human being.”

The bill clarifies that a pregnant person who receives such an abortion may not be be subject to any criminal conviction.

The bill further clarifies that the sale, use, prescription, or administration of contraceptives would not be prohibited—if it is administered prior to the time when a pregnancy could be determined through conventional medical testing and if the contraceptive measure is sold, used, prescribed, or administered in accordance with manufacturer instructions.

The bill would also trigger an abortion ban in the state if an amendment to the United States Constitution is adopted that, in whole or in part, restores state authority to prohibit abortion.

Latest Action

1/10/19 – Introduced.

2/15/19 – Passed the House by a 69-20 vote.

3/7/19 – Passed senate committee.

3/14/19 – Passed the Senate by a 32-5 vote.

3/26/19 – Signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin (R).