April 14, 2022 Contact: Kelly Novak,
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NIRH Condemns Veto Override, Passage of Kentucky Abortion Ban

NEW YORK – The National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) condemns the Kentucky legislature’s drastic abortion ban, which it passed by overriding a veto by Governor Beshear. House Bill 3, passed late last night, effectively bans all abortions in Kentucky immediately by placing myriad restrictions on abortion care without giving time for abortion providers to comply.

“This shameful abortion ban is yet another politically motivated move to further deny people the ability to control their bodies, lives, and futures,” said Andrea Miller, president of the National Institute for Reproductive Health and its Action Fund. “Accessing abortion in Kentucky has already been hard enough, and now elected representatives are flat-out denying people the health care that they need.

“We are grateful for the activists on the ground – especially our longtime friends at the Kentucky Health Justice Network – who have been doing tremendous work in holding the line and keeping clinics accessible, and grateful to Governor Beshear for his veto of this ban. As abortion access becomes increasingly difficult throughout the south and midwest, our hearts are with those who were counting on accessing abortion care in Kentucky.”

Last year, NIRH partnered with the Kentucky Health Justice Network to pass a clinic protection law in Louisville, protecting access to the only two abortion clinics in the state


The National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) is an advocacy group that works directly with state and local reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations and allied groups to protect and advance access to reproductive healthcare. For more than 40 years, NIRH has been partnering with communities to build coalitions, launch campaigns, and successfully advocate for policy change. NIRH’s strategy is to go on the offensive and focus on communities where change is needed, so the fabric of reproductive freedom becomes harder to tear apart.