It’s not even Jan. 20th yet and it seems we’re already living in Donald Trump’s America.
On Saturday, less than a week after Republicans gained control of the House, the Kentucky legislature passed a bill that makes it illegal for women who wish to get an abortion to do so past the 20 week mark.
Not only that, the state will also now require women to have an ultrasound before having a procedure for an abortion, according to The Huffington Post.
The bill easily passed in the state, which is likely just the beginning of the repercussions to come with a GOP-majority within the House and Senate.
‘Anti-abortion ultrasound bill passes Kentucky Senate easily, as expected. #kypolitics #kyleg #kyda17’
— Morgan Watkins (@morganwatkins26) January 7, 2017
House Bill 2 will require a woman to have an ultrasound before receiving an abortion, according to WDRB.com. Senate Bill 5 was also passed, preventing any and all abortions after the 20 week mark, including in cases of rape and/or incest.
ACLU-KY Advocacy Director, Kate Miller, accurately summed up the GOP agenda pertaining to the abortion bills:
‘In floor speech after floor speech Saturday, lawmakers discussed the true intention of their support of the bills, which was simply banning abortion. Senate Bill 5 and House Bill 2 are not about women’s health. They represent nothing more than political intrusion in the most personal, private decisions.’
Conversely, Rep. John Blanton told the legislature about a father’s right to weigh in on the decision a woman makes about her own body, saying:
‘I resent the implication that a father has no experience with his child, or the birth of his child.’
Once again, we’re back to making this about men and men’s rights. As if everything else doesn’t already place men’s interests at the forefront of the discussion, now issues pertaining to women’s bodies are required to as well.
The fact of the matter is, however, that that’s the whole “family values” crap is the last leg Republicans have left to stand on. Apparently, in states who insist on remaining in the era of the Stone Age, it also works when it comes to passing “new” legislation.
Speaking of the Stone Age, should we all go out and start living in caves again? Well, better not joke about that, Kentucky Republicans might start getting some more ideas.
The two abortion bills, which were passed during a rare weekend General Assembly, were also passed alongside several other bills pertaining to labor and union rights in the state of Kentucky.
House Bill 1 is the ‘right-to-work’ legislation which allows workers to join unions and receive union benefits, even if they choose not to pay union dues.
Labor groups fear the bill will weaken unions and, ultimately, hinder workers’ safety and rights in the long run.
Watch Rep. John Blanton (R-KY.)’s comments justifying the Kentucky abortion legislation below, via HuffPo: