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Kentucky Abortion Law: Abortion with Untrasound Law is Now Legal; ACLU to File Federal Lawsuit Against New BIll

Update Date: Jan 12, 2017 06:44 PM EST

Abortion is now legal in Kentucky. Kentucky's new abortion bill requires women to undergo an ultrasound and listen to the fetal heartbeat first before undergoing this process.

Despite the approval of the Kentucky's New Ultrasound Abortion Law, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is attempting to stop its implementation.

ACLU filed its lawsuit against the newly passed law on Monday, Jan. 9 because it "violates longstanding constitutional principles," which includes the right to privacy. The union also added the bill's requirements force physicians to submit  a "government-mandated, ideological message." The lawsuit was filed on behalf of EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville, state's sole abortion provider. 

Along with this bill is a 20-week abortion ban that requires physicians to show and describe the ultrasound to women before they get an abortion, according to Motto.The two papers have been signed into a law by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin. 

Despite the filed federal suit, it seems Bevin is not worried, "We anticipated as much. That's what they do. It's what liberals always do when they don't like something, they sue," he told WHAS-AM.

The bill has been passed because of  83-12 vote and it came during the third day of the state's 2017 General Assembly session. The Kentucky's new Republican House majority took its first step on January 5. 

According to the sponsors, the bill protects the health of the women and provides the important materials in order to help them make an informed choice, Reuters reports. The abortion rights advocates for legal access for abortion and they contend such laws are created to scare and shame women seeking an abortion. 

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