Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

February 2, 2014

In Your View

ASHLAND — Pass pro-life bill; quash gambling

In the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly session, several critical issues are being considered but two rise to the top of my list of concerns for families in our state.

First, after nine years of committee leadership deliberately killing all pro-life bills, will the House of Representatives work to get one to the floor for a vote? Most legislators believe any pro-life bill would pass the full House with a huge margin of victory. We know from experience that any pro-life bill would easily pass the Senate. The problem is that there are high-level manipulations in the House committees that prevent any pro-life bills from coming to the floor where the will of the people can prevail.

Already, nearly 60 House lawmakers have signed on as co-sponsors to a simple yet very important bill that would require doctors to have a private face-to-face consultation with any woman seeking an abortion and to offer any woman the opportunity to see an ultrasound image of the baby and to hear the baby’s heartbeat. That sounds so very reasonable to me. If the co-sponsors alone voted for the measure, it would pass overwhelmingly in the 100-member House.

Second, after 20 years of attempting different kinds of gambling expansion, will this predatory industry finally succeed in 2014? Expanded gambling will hurt families in Kentucky. The impact has been documented in other states.

Government should not sell “hunting licenses” to casino companies to prey upon the very citizens government was designed to protect. Please consider calling the legislative message line at 1-800-372-7181 and leaving a message encouraging the defeat of expanded gambling.

For righteousness’ sake, I pray that our unified voice will bring a renewed concern in Frankfort for the lives of unborn children, the health of families, and the well-being of all Kentuckians.

Paul Chitwood, Executive director, Kentucky Baptist Convention

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