Kentucky lawyers respond to abortion ban; some offering pro bono services

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – When the United States Supreme Court quashed Roe v. Wade On Friday, the ruling activated Kentucky’s “trigger law,” effectively banning abortions in the state.

The law prohibits all abortions, with one exception: if a pregnancy threatens the life of the mother.

“I think no matter where you stand on this issue, there are so many people who are affected by it,” said David Borum, a Louisville attorney who primarily serves as personal defense and plaintiff’s attorney.

Borum, for his part, does not publicly take a pro-life or pro-choice stance.

What he will say is that “the people who passed this law are going to have to own it, and the people who live under it are going to have to live with it.”

Borum’s concern is who, exactly, will be forced to “live with” and what that might mean for them. He has experience working as a lawyer for victims of domestic violence, survivors of sexual assault and children. He sees big implications for these populations as access to abortion declines.

“There’s not a lot of wiggle room, not a lot of exceptions,” Borum said. “It doesn’t matter how old you are. It doesn’t matter how you were imprinted in the first place.

While abortion seekers cannot be prosecuted under Kentucky’s triggered law, abortion providers can and will be prosecuted.

Kentucky Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron makes that clear.

“For my part, I will do my part in this Attorney General role,” Cameron said of the state law being triggered.

“There is no criminal sanction for the woman, but there will be less access,” Borum said, bringing other potential concerns into the lives of these expectant parents.

“A lot of times it’s not just a legal issue of reproduction,” Borum said. “It could also be immigration. There could be family law issues, assault issues, domestic violence issues.

These are the cases that Borum said he might be able to help. It has limited resources as an individual firm, but it has joined a growing group of lawyers offering pro bono services, advising people on the wide range of potential issues regardless of their personal health decisions.

For everyone, Borum offered free advice.

“Be careful with the conversations you have around this topic right now,” Borum said. “I’ve seen other issues being chased, and I know text messages, social media history, your apps, your fertility tracking apps – all of that is of particular interest to detectives and investigators.”

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