Kentucky's newest abortion law seeks to prevent a "barbaric" procedure while a fetus is alive in the womb, Gov. Matt Bevin's legal team said in urging a federal judge to reject efforts to prolong delaying the restrictions.
The Republican governor's lawyers filed a court brief this week urging the judge to deny a request for a preliminary injunction that would further delay the law's enforcement.
The law, passed by Kentucky legislators and enacted by the governor earlier this year, is aimed at a common second-trimester abortion procedure known as "dilation and evacuation." The restrictions are being challenged by the state's last abortion clinic in a lawsuit filed last month by the American Civil Liberties Union.