Lawmakers hand AG new authority to regulate abortion clinics

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Lawmakers have handed Kentucky’s anti-abortion attorney general new authority to regulate abortion clinics. The Republican-led legislature voted Tuesday to override the governor’s veto of the measure. The measure will give Attorney General Daniel Cameron the power to seek civil and criminal penalties for any violation of Kentucky’s abortion laws. Cameron says it will allow his office to ensure that abortion clinics follow the law. The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky opposed the bill. It says the override vote was another step in a long-running campaign to push constitutionally protected abortion care out of reach, “bit by bit.”