Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Michelle Keller voted to allow secret abortions in teen girlsPosted by J Craig on October 6, 2014
There is a race in Kentucky’s 6th district that is not getting as much attention as it probably should this election cycle. The Kentucky Supreme Court is the court of last resort and the final interpreter of state law. Running for re-election for Justice in this district is Michelle Keller of Covington, KY. She has served in this position since April 2013 after Governor Beshear appointed her after serving as Kentucky Court of Appeals judge for six years.
Judges and Justices are expected to make their rulings based upon their interpretation of the law and not personal bias. Back in 2011 in a “sealed” vote, Keller voted in favor of allowing teenage girls to travel out of state to have abortions in Kentucky without parental consent. This was a 2-1 vote with Keller being in the majority along with Chief Justice Jeff Taylor of Owensboro. This ruling essentially keeps parents from 49 other states in the dark about whether or not their teenage daughter can travel to Kentucky for a secret abortion without their knowledge or consent.
It was a difficult decision in part because they knew it would invite “forum shopping,” in which a girl who is refused by a judge to get an abortion in her home state need only cross state lines to try to obtain permission in Kentucky. (Chief Judge Jeff Taylor of Owensboro and Judge Michelle Keller of Covington)
Keller’s then colleague at the time of the ruling Judge Joy Moore was highly critical of the vote. Moore of Burlington said Kentucky judges have no “business making any decisions regarding a minor from another state seeking an abortion without parental consent.”
Life News reported, Chief Judge Jeff Taylor of Owensboro and Judge Michelle Keller of Covington were in the majority and they admitted to the judge shopping that concerns McClusky. But they said Kentucky’s law makes it so “every minor” gets the bypass and that the law does not place any limits on it to Kentucky residents only. They said the Supreme Court makes it so states can’t prohibit non-residents from obtaining abortions.
Keller ruled that abortion clinics can entice young underage girls from their home states which have parental notification laws, so that these girls can procure secret abortions unbeknownst to their parents. This is not how state judges should be voting nor should they be making decisions regarding minors from other states. The physical and psychological damage to these teenagers can be very serious and long lasting.
In an exclusive interview with ANM News, Bernie Kunkel who is a former aide and staffer for Senator Rand Paul shares his recent encounter with Keller. “I have personally met with Michelle Keller and she said that the ruling in question was supposed to have been sealed and that sometimes a judge must rule according to the law rather than the personal belief of the judge. I found no comfort in her attempt at obfuscation of the facts, Kunkel said.” He also states, “Her ruling is a condemnation of her candidacy for Kentucky’s Supreme Court.”
Her ruling is a condemnation of her candidacy for Kentucky’s Supreme Court. – Bernie Kunkel
Kentucky’s abortion laws say in general that “it is in the interest of the people of the commonwealth that every precaution be taken to ensure the protection of every viable unborn child being aborted.”
This decision made by Keller does not follow or honor the traditional beliefs of parents being the first teachers of children. This was a ruling done in private and was supposed to remain sealed, but could hurt her chances of being re-elected once Kentucky voters have the facts.
Keller’s opponent is Teresa Cunningham (R) of Burlington, KY who is running to uphold the constitution and defend the values important to the people of Kentucky.
Cunningham is currently an attorney with her own law practice. Her firm has offices in both Cincinnati, Ohio and Florence, Kentucky.
The general election is on November 4, 2014.
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