Ky. judge grants temporary injunction, abortion legal for now

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(LEX 18) — A judge has granted a temporary injunction that blocks the enforcement of abortion bans in Kentucky. Abortion procedures remain legal in the state for now.

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit over the state’s trigger law, signed by former Gov. Matt Bevin, which immediately banned abortion in Kentucky after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

The organization wanted the judge to continue blocking the trigger law from going into effect while the lawsuit played out in court. Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office wanted the trigger law to take effect as the case was being decided.

In the ruling, Jefferson Circuit Judge Mitch Perry writes “…the Plaintiffs have demonstrated at the very least a substantial question as to the merits regarding the constitutionality of both the Trigger Ban and the Six Week Ban…”

The court is not deciding whether the Kentucky constitution “explicitly contains the right to an abortion.” It’s whether the bans violate “the rights of privacy, self-determination, equal protection, and religious freedom” guaranteed by the Kentucky constitution.

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