League of Women Voters releases statement on Dobbs; urges defeat of Amendment 2 this fall

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(via press release from the KY LWV)

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky Board of Directors adopted the following statement on July 16, in response to the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v. Wade and shifting the issue of abortion to the states.

We call on our elected leaders at the state and federal levels to act swiftly to restore bodily autonomy to all people.

Women hold the power to create a more perfect democracy. We will not stand by as constitutional rights are stripped away, one by one. Women’s rights are human rights, and we will continue to educate and advocate until reproductive freedom is restored in Kentucky.

In addition, the board adopted the following position opposing proposed Amendment 2 to the Kentucky Constitution on the November ballot and will advocate for citizens to vote ‘NO’ on the amendment.

An individual’s right to personal reproductive autonomy is central to an individual's dignity and liberty to determine one’s own life course. Liberty is defined as ‘the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life.’

We strongly oppose Amendment 2 to the Kentucky Constitution which is on the ballot this November. Amendment 2, in combination with KRS 311.772, the “Trigger Law,” would deny the right to abortion in all cases including rape and incest.

Additionally, Amendment 2 and all anti-choice statutes interfere with the freedom and liberty of individuals and families to make critical and timely decisions with the best medical advice without government interference.

Women’s rights are human rights, and we will continue to educate and advocate until reproductive freedom is restored in Kentucky.

League 1st Vice President Dee Pregliasco said, “This statement and decision follow the National League of Women Voters’ long-held position ‘... affirming the constitutional right to privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices ...’ and its recent statement on the Dobbs ruling.”  The National League statement can be found here.

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