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Kentucky House passes measure to restrict abortions after 11 weeks

The Kentucky House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday banning a common kind of abortion after 11 weeks of pregnancy.

Reuters reported that the Republican-controlled House passed the bill for a second time, approving changes made to the bill by the GOP-controlled state Senate.

The legislation would block doctors from performing an abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation, except during medical emergencies.


About 16 percent of all abortions in Kentucky are performed using the procedure, which is generally used for pregnancies during the second trimester, according to Reuters.

The bill now heads to Gov. Matt Bevin’s (R) desk. Bevin has called himself “100 percent pro-life.”

Reuters reported that the measure is likely to face legal challenges, as similar laws have been struck down in other states.

Mississippi’s GOP governor had signed a law banning abortions after 15 weeks earlier this month, the most restrictive abortion ban in the country, but a federal judge temporarily blocked the law.

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