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Kentucky latest state to tighten abortion restrictions

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FRANKFORT, Ky. — Four bills that would restrict abortion access have passed the state General Assembly and are on their way to be signed. Conservative GOP Gov. Matt Bevin is expected to sign them.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that two have already been challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) since they eliminate or severely restrict access.

“This is just the most recent effort by Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky and other politicians to push abortion out of reach,” the ACLU said on their website. “Bevin has forced two other clinics to stop providing abortion, resulting in EMW in Louisville being the last remaining abortion facility in the state.”

The bills include a fetal heartbeat bill, which would make abortion illegal once a fetal heartbeat can be heard; a ban on abortion based on race, gender or disability; a requirement that doctors provide disputed information about abortions; and a full ban on abortions that would only go into effect if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

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