Facts

      • Kentucky is one of the most restrictive states in the nation for reproductive choice.
      • Kentucky law bans public hospitals and facilities from providing abortion services, except to save a woman’s life.  It also prohibits the use of public funds for abortions unless the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest or it poses a threat to the woman’s life. (KRS 311.800 and KRS 311.715)
      • Before a woman can obtain an abortion in Kentucky, she must receive state-mandated information and then wait 24 hours before the procedure regardless of her individual circumstances. (KRS 311.725)
      • In Kentucky, over 430,000 women are in need of contraceptive services and supplies – 57% of these women need publicly supported services, but only 33% receive those services. (Alan Guttmacher Institute, 2002)
      • Over half of unintended pregnancies occur to women who are using contraceptives during the month they become pregnant. (Alan Guttmacher Institute, 2002)
      • There were 3,502 abortions performed in Kentucky in 2002. (Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics, 2002)
      • 83% of abortions in Kentucky were performed within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, while only 2% were performed between 21 and 25 weeks of pregnancy. (Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics, 2002)
      • Contrary to the outlandish claims of anti-choice groups:   Abortions do not occur late in pregnancy on viable fetuses NOR do abortions increase chances of breast cancer
      • Nationally almost half of the women having abortions beyond 15 weeks of gestation reported that they were delayed because of problems in affording, finding or getting abortion services. (Alan Guttmacher Institute, 2002)
      • In only two Kentucky cities – Louisville and Lexington – can a woman obtain an abortion.
      • The need for abortions could be reduced with improved access to Emergency Contraceptives (EC).  EC is up to 89% effective if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex or contraceptive failure.  EC should not be confused with RU486, the abortion pill.