July 7, 2022

Kentucky Judge Issues Restraining Order Blocking State Abortion Ban

Kentucky Circuit Court Judge Mitch Perry issued temporary restraining orders on June 30 to block two pro-life laws that would have gone into effect after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

State lawmakers passed the Human Life Protection Act in 2019 to trigger in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned. The law prohibits all abortions except those done to save the mother's life or prevent serious injury.

Perry also blocked a Heartbeat law that, separately from the Human Life Protection Act, would prohibit the abortion of a child with a detectable heartbeat.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron asked the Kentucky Supreme Court to reinstate those laws, but the court denied his request on July 5.

"The [state] Supreme Court’s decision to continue delaying enforcement of Kentucky’s Human Life Protection Act and Heartbeat Law is disappointing," Cameron said Tuesday. "We will not be deterred in defending these important laws, and our team will make a strong case tomorrow in Jefferson Circuit Court to have the laws reinstated."