LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With just over 20 days until the election for Kentucky governor, the two candidates — Gov. Andy Beshear, D-Ky., and Attorney General Daniel Cameron, R-Ky. — made their positions clear on adding exemptions to the state’s ban on abortions.

What You Need To Know

  • Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear and Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron met at a debate in Northern Kentucky

  • The two went back and forth on adding exemptions for rape and incest to the state’s abortion ban

  • Beshear called the current law, which bans abortions in nearly all cases, “wrong”

  • Cameron says should lawmakers pass a bill with those exemptions, he would sign it. Cameron also supported the trigger law, which went into effect after Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court

During a debate in Northern Kentucky, the candidates were asked where they stand on the topic.

“As attorney general, I fought for (abortion exemptions) and I’m going to continue to fight for them,” Beshear said. “My opponent’s position would give a rapist more rights than their victim. It is wrong. We need to change this law. We need to make sure that those individuals have that option.”

“Well, I’m the pro-life candidate, and I’ve said that Andy Beshear is the abortion candidate. I’ve also said that if the legislature were to give me a bill with exceptions in it, I would certainly sign it,” Cameron said.

Last year after Roe v. Wade was overturned, Kentucky’s trigger ban went into effect. The law, which was passed in 2019, bans doctors from performing abortions in nearly all cases. It does not include exemptions for rape and incest.

As attorney general, Cameron supported the trigger law.

Recently Cameron’s position on rape and incest exemptions has appeared to soften.

During the gubernatorial primary debate in March, Spectrum News 1’s Mario Anderson asked if Cameron would support any exceptions to the current abortion law.

“Well, I support the current law,” Cameron said. “And of course, Mario, you know that I’ve been defending the Human Life Protection Act and I’m proud that since August of last year, the abortion facilities have been closed in Kentucky.”

The general election is set for Nov. 7.