FRANKFORT, Ky. — Attorney General Daniel Cameron summarized Kentucky’s Human Life Protection Act Friday. The act went into effect the instant the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The Human Life Protection Act prohibits abortions under most circumstances in Kentucky. 

What You Need To Know

  • Now that Roe v. Wade is overturned a new advisory is in place

  • The Human Life Protection Act prohibits most abortions in Kentucky

  • Doctors can order an abortion if the life of the mother is threatened

  • The Act takes place immediately


The General Assembly passed the Human Life Protection Act in 2019 with bipartisan support. According to a release from Cameron’s office, “Under the statute, no person may knowingly cause or aid in the ‘termination of the life of an unborn human being.’ Performing a prohibited abortion is a felony. Pregnant mothers are not subject to any criminal liability.”

The Human Life Protection Act does not prohibit an abortion when a licensed doctor determines under “reasonable medical judgment” that the procedure is necessary to protect the life of the mother.

Cameron explained in his advisory this Act takes effect Friday, June 24, 2022 following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. The advisory gives the full details of the Act and answers several frequently asked questions.  

Here is the full advisory.