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Charles Booker on Abortion

 

 


Women have the right to choose; Roe v. Wade must be upheld

Charles firmly believes that women have the right to make healthcare decisions that affect their own bodies, and that no government may restrict that right. He believes that˙Roe v. Wade˙is the law of the land, and should be upheld.
Source: 2020 Kentucky Senate campaign website BookerForKentucky.com , Jun 17, 2020

Microphone cut off during speech against anti-abortion bill

Booker rose to speak against the latest anti-abortion bill in the Kentucky House of Representatives. At the end of a speech that railed against restricting abortion rights and expanding gun rights, he ended with a plea. "My life matters too, Speaker," Booker said as his microphone was cut off. The speech, and the fact that he was told to sit down by a Republican lawmaker, became a symbol of the 35-year-old black man's attempt to assert himself in a political world dominated by white men.
Source: Lexington Herald-Leader on 2022 Kentucky Senate race , Nov 22, 2019

Oppose abortion restrictions based on sex, race, disability

Prohibit an abortion if the pregnant woman is seeking the abortion, in whole or in part, because of an unborn child's sex, race, color, national origin, or disability.

Analysis by ACLU / Associated Press: In asking a judge to block the new Kentucky law, the ACLU argued that it removes a woman's right to an abortion if the state "disapproves of her reason" for the procedure. The suit was filed on behalf of EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville, the only abortion clinic in Kentucky. The ACLU's challenge is part of a broader lawsuit also challenging another new Kentucky law that would mostly ban abortions in the state once a fetal heartbeat is detected--as early as six weeks into pregnancy. ACLU attorneys said the heartbeat bill would prohibit 90% of abortions in Kentucky.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 67-25-8 on Feb/26/19; State Rep. Charles Booker voted NO; Passed Senate 32-4-1 on Mar/13/19; Signed by Governor Matt Bevin on Mar/19/19.

Source: A.P. on ACLU analysis of Kentucky voting records HB5 , Feb 26, 2019

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