"We passed a bill here in this past session in Kentucky that says you can't kill a child based on its race, based on its gender, or based on some perceived disability. We used language very similar to what we find in the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal statutes that are already on on the books."
After the anti-eugenics bill passed into law earlier this year, the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky promptly announced they would sue over the legislation, but the governor said he is undeterred.
Critics of the discrimination abortion ban, Bevin said, "think that they're defending folks when in fact they're standing in the way of human life."
"I'm grateful for the fact that ours is a strongly pro-life state, and that people are standing in the gap on the side of the vulnerable and those who cannot speak for themselves."
The governor said he was bullish about the state's prospects defending the law in court. "The gild is coming off the lily on the other side of this issue," he said.
"We are standing firm and we will continue to do so regardless of the money, and the reasons, and just the evil, frankly, that is opposing us on the other side of the equation," he said.
Bevin acknowledged that "there is pressure of course, politically" on governors who sign pro-life legislation, "but here's the thing, to do the right thing is the right thing."
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"Sometimes of course, in politics and in other areas, it's easier for some to do the easy wrong than to do the difficult right," Bevin continued. "But I think we have a moral obligation, and for many it's maybe a religious obligation, but I think for those for whom it's not religious based, it's moral to save a human life."
Kate Scanlon is a producer of EWTN Pro-Life Weekly