Members of the Kentucky House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill Friday that would ban most abortions in the state – if the US Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade.
The bill passed 69 to 20 in the House and is now heading to the state Senate. It would prohibit abortion except in cases where it is necessary to save the life of the mother.
The legislation would come into force if Roe v. Wade, the historic 1973 decision that legalized legalized abortion throughout the country, was rescinded and states had the power to ban abortions.
Legislators have presented their views on abortion during the emotionally charged debate.
"None of us, male or female, has the moral authority to take the life of an unborn child," said Republican Representative James Tipton. "There is no other medical procedure to my knowledge that the goal is to intentionally take the life of an unborn child."
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Democratic Representative Mary Lou Marzian said that if the bill were to come into force, it would amount to a government intrusion into women's private medical decisions.
"It's not our business," she says. "If you want to have a colonoscopy, should we get involved?" If you want to take Viagra, should we get involved in that? "
Kentucky is one of the states that has passed strict abortion laws in the hope of being able to challenge in higher jurisdictions. In Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, and South Dakota, similar laws provide for abortion bans if the Roe v. Wade is canceled.
Legislators and anti-abortion campaigners in the country say President Trump has stepped up his efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade by appointing Conservatives Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, liberal states, including New Mexico, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington, have made efforts to pass bills that relax restrictions on abortion.
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Controversy erupted in Virginia, where the Democratic sponsor of an abortion proposal in Virginia acknowledged that this could allow women to terminate their pregnancy until the time before birth, to reasons such as mental health.
The Democratic Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, was a victim of violence after being engaged in the fight. Critics said Northam had indicated that a child could be killed after his birth.
Associated Press contributed to this report.