|Senate Majority Caucus Chair Julie Raque Adams (LRC photo)|
By Al Cross
Kentucky Health News
The U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of its Roe v. Wade decision means more work for the Kentucky General Assembly, a leading state senator said in a Lexington television interview broadcast Sunday.
“That issue will probably take up a lot of space in this upcoming session,” Majority Caucus Chair Julie Raque Adams, a Louisville Republican, told Bill Bryant on WKYT-TV‘s “Kentucky Newsmakers.”
The extent of activity on the issue will likely depend on what the courts do between now and convening of the session in January, Raque Adams said: “We’ll probably take our lead from the courts.”
A Louisville judge is considering a lawsuit arguing that the state constitution’s implied grant of privacy rights, which the state Supreme Court extended to strike down a law banning sexual relations between people of the same sex, creates a privacy right to abortion. Whatever his ruling, an appeal is certain.
Not so certain is whether, during appeal, courts will continue to block state laws that ban abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy and ban all abortions except those needed to save the woman’s life or keep her from becoming disabled. The latter law was written to take effect if Roe v. Wade was overturned.