TV ad airs opposing ballot measure

“Everyone hopes for a healthy pregnancy,” said the woman identified as Courtney, looking directly at the camera as soft music plays in the background. “We wanted this baby. But me and the baby were at risk.”

Relating her heart-wrenching decision to end a pregnancy for medical reasons, Courtney — in the first television ad about Kentucky’s proposed constitutional amendment to end abortion rights — warns of the consequences.

“Kentucky politicians don’t understand their mandate will put women’s lives at risk,” she says in the ad sponsored by Protect Kentucky Access, which opposes the amendment. “Please, for our family and yours, vote no.”

Access to abortion — except for medical emergencies — is currently outlawed in Kentucky under a “triggerlaw” that took effect after the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 struck down Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that established abortion as a federal constitutional right. A legal challenge is pending, seeking to establish it as a state right.