U.S. Supreme Court Grants Attorney General Cameron’s Appeal to Defend Kentucky’s Live Dismemberment Abortion Law

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 29, 2021) – Attorney General Daniel Cameron today announced that the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear his appeal of the case involving Kentucky’s live dismemberment abortion law (House Bill 454).  The law, passed by the General Assembly in 2018, prohibits abortionists from performing gruesome Dilation and Evacuation procedures (D&E) on a living unborn child.

“I promised Kentuckians that I would defend our laws all the way to the United States Supreme Court, and that’s what we’ve done,” said Attorney General Cameron.  “Since day one in office, we’ve fought to defend House Bill 454, even when the Beshear Administration refused to defend it. This law reflects the conscience of Kentucky by banning the gruesome practice of live dismemberment abortions, and it’s important that Kentuckians have a voice before our nation’s highest court. I was elected to provide that voice, and we look forward to making our case to the Supreme Court.”

Last year, Attorney General Cameron’s team defended House Bill 454 on behalf of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The Sixth Circuit upheld an injunction against the law by a 2-1 vote, and the Beshear Administration refused to appeal and continue defending the law.

Within two days of learning the Beshear Administration would not appeal, Attorney General Cameron moved to intervene in the case and continue defending the law. When the Sixth Circuit did not allow the Attorney General to intervene, he asked the Supreme Court to consider whether he should be allowed to defend the law on behalf of Kentuckians. 

Attorney General Cameron’s office will argue the case before the U.S. Supreme Court this fall, with a decision expected later this year or early next year.