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Kentucky Republican Says Abortion is 'Brutal Form of Domestic Violence'

Kentucky State Rep. Joe Fischer (R) recently claimed that abortion is a "brutal form of domestic violence."

A proposed Kentucky law, HB 8, would allow domestic violence victims to get court protection orders against former spouses and relatives living with a child.

Rep. Fischer tacked an amendment, "The Kentucky Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," onto the bill that bans abortions at 20 weeks, reports WFPL.

“The most brutal form of domestic violence is the violence against unborn children, and this particular bill would prohibit abortions after the fetus feels pain, which is 20 weeks and older,” claimed Rep. Fischer.

Currently, in Kentucky, the cut-off limit for abortion is 22 weeks.

“This tactic is really sad,” the ACLU of Kentucky told “It’s pushing a political agenda and ignores the daily realities that thousands of Kentucky women and men face trying to get protective orders from the court system.”

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D) will likely rule that Rep. Fischer’s amendment is not relevant to domestic violence and will be removed.

Even if the amendment were to make it through, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) is a moderate on social issues and would likely veto it.

"There is no question that a majority of the [House] members sitting here are pro-life," Rep. Fischer told "But their voice has been stifled for the last 10 years because we've not been able to bring a bill to the floor since the fetal homicide bill in 2004."

"This is a solidly pro-life state, even if you don't see it reflected in what happens here in the House," added Rep. Fischer. "But elections ultimately will decide the issue."

Sources: WFPL,,


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