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Supreme Court Rules Kentucky Official Can Defend Abortion Curbs

  • State’s law would sharply restrict abortion after 15 weeks
  • Court votes 8-1 to let Republican official take over defense
The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Kentucky’s Republican attorney general can take over the defense of a strict abortion law after the state’s top health official, a Democrat, stopped defending the measure once an appeals court struck it down.

Voting 8-1, the justices rejected a federal appeals court’s conclusion that Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron waited too long to get involved. The case centered on procedural issues, not substantive questions of abortion rights.