FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky is one of 13 states that would automatically ban abortion if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, an issue that could come into play after POLITICO uncovered a leaked draft of a majority opinion that would reverse the landmark 1973 decision.

What You Need To Know

  • POLITICO reported a draft decision from Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito that, if enacted, would overturn Roe v. Wade

  • The Kentucky legislature passed a law in 2019 that would ban abortion in Kentucky Roe v. Wade is overturned

  • Only two neighboring states — Illinois and Virgina — would leave abortion services intact if Roe v. Wade is overturned

“It was obviously extremely disappointing,” ACLU of Kentucky communications director Angela Cooper said. “However, for the time being, this draft doesn’t change anything. We don’t know what the final opinion is going to look like, we don’t know what will be contained in the final opinion, and the draft does nothing to change the state of abortion in Kentucky.”

Cooper said Kentucky already saw what life would be like without abortion care after House Bill 3 went into effect earlier this year.

“It was devastating,” she said. “There were people who needed care and they couldn’t get it here.”

Kentucky only has two places to get an abortion, and both are in Louisville: Planned Parenthood and EMW Women’s Surgical Services.

Rebecca Gibron, CEO for Planned Parenthood Great Northwest Hawai‘i, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky, released a statement saying abortion access is at a critical juncture.

“We’ve already gotten a preview of what comes next in Kentucky as we watched the state go dark for eight days on abortion access because of sweeping abortion restrictions passed by the Kentucky General Assembly,” she said. “What’s coming is dangerous and will open the floodgates for states across the country to ban abortion, devastating communities nationwide.”

House Bill 3 included several new limitations on abortion that are on hold now after a judge paused enforcement of it, but because of a "trigger law" the state legislature passed in 2019, Kentucky would immediately ban abortion outright if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned.

Six neighboring states have a similar law on the books that would ban or limit abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned, while Illinois and Virginia would keep abortion services intact.