- - Saturday, January 30, 2016

Elections have consequences. 

When Kentucky elected its first Republican Governor in a generation last fall, the pro-life agenda in the Commonwealth immediately gained an ardent advocate.

On Friday, Governor Matt Bevin moved to enforce an existing law. As a result, the Louisville Planned Parenthood clinic was ordered to halt abortions—at least until they come into compliance with the law.

The state has ordered a Planned Parenthood facility to halt abortions, saying the Louisville clinic needs an agreement with a hospital that could take in women who have complications from a procedure.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin said in a statement that the facility was “openly and knowingly operating an unlicensed abortion facility in clear violation of the law.”

Kentucky has abortion clinics in Louisville and Lexington, the state’s two largest cities. State officials said in the letter to Planned Parenthood that its Nov. 19 application to begin performing abortions at its Louisville facility is deficient.

The move by Bevin is just one step in the dance that will never end. The pro-abortion side of the argument will not give up one inch of their ground any more than the pro-life side will cease their moves to protect the lives of the unborn.

Recently, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards teamed up and wrote an Op-ed with Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the U.S. House. Titled, “Abortion Rights at stake in 2016.” With no acknowledgement that abortion ends the life of the child in the womb, Richards and Pelosi once again painted a picture of Republicans as being the party against women and for back-alley abortive procedures. 

We believe that every woman should be able to make decisions about her pregnancy, including whether to end it, without shame, judgment, harassment or intimidation — and certainly without interference by politicians.

…Fortunately, with President Barack Obama’s power of the veto pen, we’ve been able to fight off votes against women’s health. But currently, every single Republican presidential candidate not only opposes safe, legal abortion, but poses additional serious threats to women’s health care access.

Just a reminder, from Bevins to Richards-Pelosi, that elections do have real-life, rapid consequences.

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