If re-elected tomorrow, incumbent Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin (R) will owe his victory in no small part to pro-life activists who reached out to hundreds of thousands of potential voters.
The Susan B. Anthony List, a national anti-abortion-rights group, is organizing the effort. The organization has worked to elect conservative U.S. senators and helped push through the confirmation of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominees, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser was at Bevin’s event to endorse the governor and other Republicans running for statewide office. She and anti-abortion-rights activists like her say they are supporting politicians who will lead Kentucky and other states “into this next chapter of the pro-life movement, which is the most important chapter of the pro-life movement since Roe v. Wade,” she said.
Bevin has been a consistent and vocal opponent of abortion rights in Kentucky. He’s accused his Democratic opponent, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, of taking “blood money” because of his support from abortion-rights groups.
Bevin signed a law this year that bans abortion as soon as cardiac activity can be detected. That law is currently tied up in litigation. At his event, Bevin told supporters he’d like to go further. “It wouldn’t bother me one lick if there wasn’t an abortion provider in this state. It wouldn’t,” Bevin said. “Our state wouldn’t be less well-served by that.”
Citizens of the Bluegrass State aren’t the only ones set to vote in 2019’s off-year election. Voters in Lousiana and Mississippi face stark choices tomorrow.