Amy Goodman

Protests Erupt in Kentucky After GOP Supermajority Passes Extreme Anti-Choice, Anti-Union Bills

2017-01-09T11:00:19-08:00

In Kentucky, hundreds of demonstrators packed into the Capitol building Saturday to protest the State Legislature’s passage of a slew of controversial bills, including an anti-union "right-to-work" law and extreme anti-choice legislation that bans abortions after 20 weeks and requires a woman to have an ultrasound before having an abortion. The surprise emergency legislative session Saturday came after Republicans seized a supermajority in the House of Representatives, giving the Republicans control of the House, the Senate and the governorship for the first time in Kentucky state history. On Saturday, the Legislature also repealed a law that had guaranteed higher wages for workers on publicly financed construction projects. "Democracy Now!" goes to Louisville, Kentucky, for an update from Richard Becker, a union organizer with Service Employees International Union, and speaks with Lisa Abbott, a community organizer with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.

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