A bill aimed at banning abortions in Kentucky after 20 weeks of pregnancy surfaced as a quick priority Tuesday, the opening day of the Republican-run legislative session. Republicans now in full charge of the General Assembly looked to flex their muscle on a social issue that bedeviled them in the past when they shared power with Democrats. The abortion measure was introduced in the Senate, assigned to a committee and Senate leaders said it could get a vote in the chamber as soon as this week.

“There is, at this point in time, two viable beings involved in this decision,” Senate President Robert Stivers said of the bill. “One had a choice early on to make a decision to conceive or not conceive. But once conception starts, there becomes another life involved. And the legislature has its ability to control how that life may proceed.” READ MORE