FRANKFORT- Gov. Matt Bevin thinks Kentucky's newest abortion law could be heard in the highest court of the land.
Bevin ceremonially signed House Bill 5 Monday. The measure bans abortions based on race, gender or perceived disability of the fetus, the implementation of the bill is on hold as it works its way through the court system. The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the bill saying it's unconstitutional. After the bill signing, Bevin said he can see it going to the United States Supreme Court.
"This very well could go to the Supreme Court, and I hope Kentucky will be a catalyst for overturning what has been a very determental law in our land," he said.
Bevin also took time at the bill signing to slam political rival Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, for not defending the bill.
"If people want to challenge us, including our own attorney general who thinks this is appropriate, who not only refuses to defend this bill even though that is his sworn job to defend the bills passed by these men and women, not only refuses to do it but then uses this as a political canard, a political stunt on his part to try to gin up support and money for his political aspirations, it's reprehensible, these are human lives," Bevin said. "So shame on those who refuse to do their job even though thats what they have sworn to do, those of us standing here and others as well, will do it for them."
Beshear advised the legislature against passing this bill, as well as other bills restricting abortion because of the legal costs the court challenges would accrue, Beshear reiterated that stance Monday morning.
"The Seventh Circuit has ruled a similar bill, if not an identical bill, as unconstitutional," Beshear said. "So what the governor ought to be signing today is a personal check to reimburse the commonwealth for the hundreds of thousands of dollars that we will owe because of this legislation."
Beshear says the law is unconstitutional.
"At the end of the day, everybody has a duty to enforce the constitution, and this is an unconstitutional bill.," he said.
House Bill 5 is currently awaiting a hearing in the United States District Court Western District of Kentucky.