Robert Goforth on Abortion



Introduced first version of the fetal heartbeat bill

Q: What will you do to expand or restrict access to reproductive health care?

A: I am the father of four children--triplets, and an older son. I am the legal guardian of my younger brother who has special needs. When I think of their lives--lives that mean everything to me, potentially being not lived--a passion is ignited within me to do everything I can to protect life. I was raised in soul-crushing poverty by a single mom who constantly struggled financially. It would have been very easy for her to have chosen the Planned Parenthood path to have an abortion, and I could have never been born. This issue is very personal for me. I introduced the first version of the fetal heartbeat bill, and was proud to vote for the Senate version that ultimately passed. I will do everything in my power as governor to protect life in Kentucky.

Source: Louisville Courier-Journal on Kentucky voting records , May 10, 2019

Heartbeat bill: no abortion beyond 6 weeks after conception

Republican lawmakers in both the House and Senate have filed bills which would halt abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually around six weeks into a pregnancy. That's often before a woman even realizes she is pregnant and would amount to an unconstitutional ban on abortions in Kentucky, said the deputy director of the ACLU.

Rep. Robert Goforth, a Laurel County Republican, has filed House Bill 100, a bill similar to Senate Bill 9. Goforth said he doesn't view his bill as a ban on abortion. "I think it's making people be more responsible," he said. "If they're going to engage in activity that's going to end up in conception, they just need to be more responsible with their actions." And he said he would be pleased if Kentucky or one of the other states considering similar measures enacted such a law and, in the event of court challenge, took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Source: Louisville Courier-Journal on Kentucky voting records: HB100 , Jan 9, 2019

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