KENTUCKY — The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, sending the decision on abortion's legality back to the states. In Kentucky, lawmakers were well-prepared for such an event.
Passed in 2019, the Human Life Protection Act immediately outlaws abortion in most circumstances the moment Roe is overturned.
As Attorney General Daniel Cameron put it on Friday, abortion "for all intents and purposes" is over in Kentucky. The Human Life Protection Act does not, however, prohibit an abortion when a licensed doctor determines under “reasonable medical judgment” that the procedure is necessary to protect the life of the mother.
The immediate change was palpable, with demonstrations in support and against the ruling springing up across the state. But what did abortion care look like in Kentucky before the latest restriction?
Instances of abortion had been rising year over year, according to the Kentucky Department for Public Health. Here are a few other key takeaways from the data.