A pro-life group is symbolically gagged during a vigil in front of the Supreme Court in Washington DC. Via Wikimedia Commons.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court is holding hearings on two life-affirming laws, including a Kentucky law prohibiting late-term dismemberment abortions.

Life News reports:

The case, Cameron v. EMW Women’s Surgical Center, is not about the pro-life law itself at this point. What the justices are considering is whether Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron may take up the defense of the pro-life law after Gov. Andy Beshear refused to do so.

“I believe it’s my responsibility in the AG’s to defend those laws and we’re going to continue to do so,” Cameron told LEX 18 News. “I just say we’re going to stand up for life. And I’ve made no bones about that viewpoint. Again, I know some people don’t necessarily agree that we need to protect life.”

The law at the center of the case passed in 2018 when pro-life Republican Gov. Matt Bevin was in office. Bevin’s office defended the law in court after the EMW abortion facility in Louisville sued and Beshear, a pro-abortion Democrat who was state attorney general at the time, refused to defend the law.

In the midst of the court battle, a state election occurred in which Beshear was elected governor and Cameron, a pro-life Republican, was elected attorney general. After federal courts blocked the law, Beshear’s office decided not to appeal. That was when Cameron submitted a request to be allowed the defend the law instead.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and EMW Women’s Surgical Center are challenging the law itself as well as Cameron’s plea to defend it.

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