Roman Catholic Bishops of Kentucky statement on rejection of Amendment 2 by Kentucky voters

The Roman Catholic Bishops of Kentucky have issued the following statement in response to the rejection of Amendment 2 by Kentucky voters.

We are disappointed by the rejection of Amendment 2 by Kentucky voters. This is not the end of the debate or of the need to work diligently to increase respect for the dignity of each and every human life.

We pray that the defeat of the Amendment will not lead the courts to assume the role of determining public policy on abortion. The General Assembly is the proper venue to settle such deeply divisive issues.

We acknowledge that there are serious concerns that led people to vote against the amendment. We must continue to insist on legal protection for unborn human life, but we also stand ready to work with all people of good will to advance policies that support Kentuckians in vulnerable situations and that ensure access to health care for all.

The defeat of Amendment 2 is cause for sadness, but also a call to redouble our efforts at ensuring that every Kentuckian has the support they need to thrive. We renew our commitment to work with legislators to pass laws that protect the unborn, support women and families, and respect human life and dignity in all stages of life.


Most Reverend William F. Medley, Bishop of Owensboro

Most Reverend Shelton J. Fabre, Archbishop of Louisville

Most Reverend John C. Iffert, Bishop of Covington

Most Reverend John Stowe, OFM, Conv., Bishop of Lexington