The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act prohibits abortions after 20 weeks when strong scientific evidence indicates unborn babies can feel pain. Legislators passed the law with overwhelming bipartisan support last week, and pro-life Gov. Matt Bevin signed it into law.
In the law, legislators established a litigation fund to help the state defend it if abortion activists challenge it, the Associated Press reports. Abortion advocacy groups have not announced plans to sue at this time.
The new law makes Kentucky the 16th state to enact a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, following Ohio last month. Together, these laws potentially are saving thousands of babies’ lives. There were at least 5,770 late-term abortions at or after 21 weeks of pregnancy in 2013 in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. Another approximate 8,150 abortions took place between 18 weeks and 20 weeks, the CDC reports.Read more at LifeNews