Kentucky governor, AG spar over defense of abortion law

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, left, addresses the crowd gathered to celebrate the Kentucky House of Representatives obtaining a Republican majority, in Louisville, Ky. At right is Kentucky House Majority Leader Jeff Hoover, R- Jamestown. Editors and broadcasters voted Muhammad Ali's passing on June 3 and the celebration of his life that followed as Kentucky's top story in 2016, a year that also saw the Republican Party take control of the state House of Representatives, which had been the last legislative chamber in the South still controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear have exchanged more harsh words, this time over the defense of a new Kentucky law that requires doctors to perform an ultrasound prior to an abortion.

In a Facebook video, the Republican governor accuses the Democratic attorney general of failing to defend the law. The measure won fast-track passage from the Republican-controlled legislature this month.

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Bevin points to a court filing in which the attorney general’s office took no position on a motion asking a judge to temporarily block the law.

Bevin denounces Beshear’s action as “absolutely unconscionable” and “dishonorable.”

Beshear responds that Bevin is relying on “alternative facts,” and says the governor’s “false” claims show he doesn’t understand the law. He says Bevin shouldn’t “hide behind Facebook” when questioning his office. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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