Matt Bevin on Abortion



I am the most pro-life governor in America

A spokesperson for NARAL Pro-Choice America said, "Kentucky is one of several states that passed an extreme ban on abortion this year, criminalizing abortion before many women even know they're pregnant, in large part due to anti-choice governor Matt Bevin."

An ACLU lawsuit attempted to prevent the Bevin administration from shutting down Kentucky's only abortion clinic after the state moved to enforce regulations requiring the clinic to have mandatory patient transfer agreements with an ambulance service and hospital.

Bevin has called himself "the most pro-life governor in America." In his State of the Commonwealth Address earlier this year, Bevin said he is proud to live in an anti-abortion rights state.

"I am so proud and so grateful to be a governor in a state where these chambers, an overwhelming majority, 80 plus percent of bipartisan support are strongly pro-life," Bevin said. "How awesome that in Kentucky, we value life."

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader on 2019 Kentucky Gubernatorial race , May 20, 2019

Latest abortion laws are straight-up infanticide

Bevin saved his harshest words for states that have proposed abortion legislation that he described as "straight-up infanticide." He said he is proud to be the governor of a state where the vast majority of lawmakers are pro-life. He pledged that his administration will continue to promote legislation to limit abortions and defend those laws in court even when the state Attorney General won't.
Source: Press release on Kentucky 2019 State of the State address , Feb 9, 2019

Sued for closing state's only abortion provider

Should Kentucky enact a "heartbeat law" [such as the pending HB100, forbidding abortion after 6 weeks gestation], the ACLU is ready to challenge it. And losing such a battle could be costly for the state.

The ACLU and other lawyers are seeking $1.5 million in legal fees and other costs they incurred representing EMW Women's Surgical Center and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky in a successful challenge to a state law the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin used to try to close EMW, the state's only abortion provider.

A judge who ruled in favor of EMW and Planned Parenthood is reviewing the request. Enforcement of the law has been suspended while the court challenge is pending. About 3,200 abortions are performed each year at the EMW clinic in Louisville. Most occur early in pregnancy, prior to 14 weeks, and involve a non-surgical method in which a patient terminates a pregnancy by taking pills or undergoes a procedure in which suction is used to remove contents of the uterus.

Source: Louisville Courier-Journal on Kentucky gubernatorial race , Jan 9, 2019

We have a duty to protect unborn human life

Matt is pro-life and believes we have a duty to protect unborn human life. In the U.S. Senate, Matt will vote against any bill that contains federal funding or other material support for abortions. He also believes we must encourage a culture of life that makes adoption easier. Matt is the proud father of nine children, four of whom he and his wife adopted from Ethiopia. He has also been a long-time, significant supporter of orphanages around the world, investing both his dollars and his time.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, MattBevin.com, "Issues" , Oct 25, 2013

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Gubernatorial Debates 2019:
Bevin(R) vs.Goforth(R,lost primary) vs.Adkins(D,lost primary) vs.Beshear(D) vs.Edelen(D,lost primary)
Edwards(D) vs.Rispone(R) vs.Abraham(R) vs.Kennedy(R,declined)
Bryant(R,retiring) vs.Foster(R) vs.Hood(D) vs.Reeves(R) vs.Waller(R)

Gubernatorial Debates 2021:
Murphy(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R)
Northam(D,term-limited) vs.Herring(D) vs.Chase(R) vs.Fairfax(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2020:
DE: vs.Carney(incumbent) vs.Williams(D)
IN: vs.Holcomb(incumbent) vs.Melton(D) vs.Myers(D)
MO: Parson(incumbent) vs.Galloway(D) vs.Neely(R)
MT: Bullock(retiring) vs.Fox(R) vs.Perry(R) vs.Gianforte(R) vs.Stapleton(R) vs.Olszewski(R) vs.Neill(D) vs.Schreiner(D) vs.Cooney(D) vs.Williams(D)
NC: Cooper(incumbent) vs.Forest(R) vs.Grange(R)
ND: Burgum(incumbent) vs.Coachman(R) vs.Lenz(D)
NH: Sununu(incumbent) vs.Volinsky(D) vs. fsFeltes(D)
PR: Rossello(D) vs.Garced(D) vs.Pierluisi(D)
UT: Herbert(retiring) vs.Huntsman(R) vs.Cox(R) vs.Burningham(R) vs.Newton(D) vs.Hughes(R)
VT: Scott(incumbent) vs.Holcombe(D) vs.Zuckerman(D)
WA: Inslee(incumbent) vs.Bryant(R) vs.Fortunato(R)
WV: Justice(incumbent) vs.Folk(R) vs.Thrasher(R) vs.Vanover(D) vs.Smith(D) vs.Ron Stollings(D)
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