LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Abortion-rights defenders have expanded their legal fight against Kentucky to try to block the state’s most restrictive abortion measure, which would mostly ban the procedure once a fetal heartbeat is detected.
The American Civil Liberties amended a federal lawsuit Friday to take aim at the so-called fetal heartbeat bill. The measure won final passage late Thursday in Kentucky’s Republican-dominated legislature and was sent to the state’s anti-abortion governor, Republican Matt Bevin.
Bevin’s office did not immediately comment on the latest legal action.
ACLU attorneys say the heartbeat bill would prohibit 90 percent of abortions in Kentucky.
A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into pregnancy, before many women know they’re pregnant.