Kentucky AG appeals judge’s order that blocks abortion ban

July 28, 2022 GMT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is asking a state appeals court to overturn an injunction issued last week that blocks the state’s abortion ban.

The injunction ruling by a judge in Louisville prevents the state’s near-total ban on abortion from taking effect. The state’s two abortion clinics in Louisville have continued providing abortion since the judge first blocked the law last month.

Cameron’s appeal asks the Kentucky Supreme Court to take up the issue, which would bypass the state Court of Appeals. He said the Louisville judge “created the Kentucky version of Roe v. Wade.”

“I urge our appellate courts to reject the abortion facilities’ baseless argument that our constitution contains a previously unrecognized right to an abortion,” Cameron said in a media release Thursday.

Circuit Judge Mitch Perry, the Louisville judge, ruled last week that there is “a substantial likelihood” that Kentucky’s new abortion law violates “the rights to privacy and self-determination” protected by Kentucky’s constitution. The new law took effect when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in late June. Perry blocked it a few days later.