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'Still battles to be fought': March for Life supporters gather at the Kentucky Capitol

Josh James

The Kentucky March for Life filled the halls of the Capitol Tuesday, hoping to maintain the momentum generated by the overturning of Roe v. Wade a year ago.

With the long-held goal of turning back Roe accomplished and the state's strict abortion laws in effect, participants in the event sounded energized but cautious.

With Kentucky voting down an amendment that would have explicitly removed any protection for abortion rights from the state constitution and Democrats viewing the issue as a springboard for 2024, anti-abortion-rights groups were told at the rally in the Capitol Rotunda to stay vigilant.

"Folks, let me give you a word of caution," one speaker said. "Complacency is a deadly foe, especially when lives are hanging in the balance. There are still battles to be fought. Where are those battles to be fought? In the ballot box."

This session, the spotlight is on proposed exceptions for rape and incest to the state's abortion laws, and whether they could win enough support in the GOP-dominated legislature.

Kentucky's high court has yet to rule on whether the state's constitution contains language protecting abortions.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.