(ConservativeHub.com) – States have passed laws banning the dilation and evacuation (D&E) or partial-birth abortion procedure since 1995. Congress passed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in October 2003. The US Supreme Court upheld the federal ban in 2007. On March 29, The Supreme Court (SCOTUS) agreed to consider Cameron v. EMW Women’s Surgical Center, a case involving Kentucky’s ban on D&Es.
NEW: The Supreme Court agrees to review a case stemming from a challenge to a restrictive Kentucky abortion law. The court indicates it will limit its review to a technical question about whether the state AG should be permitted to intervene in the case to defend the law.
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) March 29, 2021
In April 2018, Kentucky’s Republican Gov. Matt Bevin signed HB 454 into law. The state’s health secretary defended the statute until the Sixth Federal Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a permanent injunction against it.
Kentucky’s Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) asked the Sixth Circuit to allow him to defend that statute, but the court denied his request to represent the state.
SCOTUS will decide whether or not Cameron can take this case before the Sixth Circuit. If he prevails, he can file for a rehearing on the injunction, opening up the possibility that Kentucky can renew its enforcement efforts on the ban against partial-birth abortion.
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