What Are The Abortion Laws In Kentucky?

Abortion was legalized in 1973, but medical advancements over the past 50 years have given doctors a better understanding of the different stages of a woman’s pregnancy.

Old abortion laws from decades ago no longer apply. In an attempt to give women accurate information about fetal development and abortion procedures, some states, including Kentucky, are looking to change their current abortion laws. 

Existing Kentucky Abortion Laws

24-Hour Waiting Period

Currently, Kentucky law requires a woman to receive face-to-face counseling 24 hours in advance of her abortion procedure. Abortion is a serious medical decision. In fact, any time something is removed from your body, you should discuss it thoroughly with a medical professional. 

Women are often pressured into having an abortion by their partner or a family member. The 24-hour waiting period gives a woman the time to process the information and understand the importance of her decision. 

Requirements for abortion facilities

To further protect a woman, Kentucky law requires abortion clinics to have written agreements with a hospital and an ambulance service in case of a medical emergency. In addition, the state requires them to meet standards related to their physical facility, equipment, and staffing.

Due to greater understanding in the medical community about the development of a fetus, abortions are banned after the 20th week of pregnancy.

Insurance coverage of abortion

Private insurance policies only cover abortion in cases of life endangerment unless a woman has purchased an additional rider. The same is true for health plans offered under the Affordable Care Act.

Public funding is available only in cases involving life endangerment, rape, or incest. 

Parental Notice

The parent (or guardian) of a minor must consent before an abortion is provided.

Abortion Laws in the News for Kentucky

Kentucky is one of 45 states to change their laws relating to abortion since 2017. Currently, the Kentucky legislature is looking to change some of its abortion laws again. A measure will be put on the state’s November 2022 ballot for voters to decide if they want to amend the state’s constitution regarding abortion.

Confused About the Law and Your Rights in Kentucky?

If you have more questions or concerns about the current abortion laws in Kentucky, the staff at ALC will be happy to talk with you. We can give you specific information on abortion procedures, side effects, and potential risks. 

If you’re currently wondering if you’re pregnant, come to ALC for a free pregnancy test and ultrasound. We believe you should be fully informed before making any serious medical decision. Contact us today.

*All information was accurate at time of posting. Laws in KY may continue to change.