Fact Check: Kentucky Legislation NOT Passed That Required Women To Submit Doctor's Statement About Whether They Were Pregnant

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Kentucky Legislation NOT Passed That Required Women To Submit Doctor's Statement About Whether They Were Pregnant Demonstration

Did Kentucky legislation require women to submit a doctor's statement about whether they are pregnant? No, that's not true: An amendment in 2019 to an abortion "trigger bill" that would outlaw abortion in Kentucky was proposed as a protest. The amendment was "totally satire," said state Rep. Mary Lou Marzian in 2022. It did not become law.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post on June 27, 2022. It opens:

Surely this is really not true right????

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Tue Jun 28 19:10:41 2022 UTC)

The post shows what appears to be a copy of an amendment proposed by Marzian, a Democrat. It reads:

All women who are Kentucky residents, and of childbearing age, shall acquire a signed and notarized statement from a practitioner licensed pursuant to this chapter each month that states whether she is pregnant or not pregnant. If pregnant, the signed and notarized statement shall provide the status of the pregnancy. The woman shall submit the signed and notarized statement to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services each month. Any woman who fails to provide this monthly signed and notarized statement to the cabinet shall be subject to arrest and fines. Any woman who is pregnant and fails to provide this monthly signed and notarized statement to the cabinet will be fitted with an ankle monitor for the duration of the pregnancy in addition to any arrests and fines.

Marzian proposed this amendment to Kentucky House Bill 148 in February 2019 as a protest against the legislature's "trigger bill" that would restrict or ban abortion if Roe v. Wade was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, as news outlets reported at the time. The Courier-Journal wrote:

That's what a Louisville lawmaker is proposing out of frustration with a flurry of bills in the current legislative session meant to restrict or eliminate abortion in Kentucky.
'It's so arrogant of a bunch of legislators,' said Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, a Louisville Democrat and supporter of abortion rights. 'It's none of our business, to interfere in personal and private decisions of women.'

Marzian told the Associated Press on June 27, 2022, that the proposed legislation was ironically filed:

'Totally satire,' Marzian told The Associated Press by phone. 'It was an amendment, it was never heard in committee, I had no intention of ever moving it.'
Marzian, who supports abortion rights, said she has filed several measures over the years that were satirical in nature and designed to make her political opponents look like 'morons.'

Lead Stories reached out to Marzian and will update the story when a response is received.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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