Several state senators on Tuesday walked a controversial anti-abortion bill from the Senate chamber on the third floor of the Capitol to the first-floor office of Gov. Matt Bevin, who quickly signed the measure into law.
Longtime veterans of the Kentucky General Assembly said they never had seen such a sight.
One day after the state Senate gave final approval to Senate Bill 4, Bevin put his signature on the legislation known as the “informed consent” bill.
The measure, as approved by the House and Senate, requires women to have a face-to-face or live video-chat medical consultation at least 24 hours before an abortion. It takes effect mid-July.
Bevin, upon receiving the bill from its sponsor, Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, asked if he should sign it immediately or wait until a Feb. 11 right-to-life rally at the Capitol.
“You’re the governor,” said Adams. Bevin proceeded to sign it and indicated he would do it again, ceremonially, at the rally.
“This is an extraordinary day, and I’m grateful to you,” said the new Republican governor, who strongly opposes abortion.
The Senate later took up and approved SB 7, which would prohibit the use of any state non-Medicaid dollars for abortion services.
Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said no such state money is currently being used for abortion services, but the Senate wanted to go on record.
The Senate also approved SB 2, dealing with transparency of public pension records.
Both bills now go to the House for its consideration.