The rancor between Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear intensified Wednesday, as they exchanged harsh words over the defense of a new Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform an ultrasound before an abortion.
In a Facebook video sparking the latest verbal slugfest, Bevin accused Beshear of failing to adequately defend the law against a legal challenge, calling the AG's action's "absolutely unconscionable" and "dishonorable". Instead, Beshear has asked to be dismissed as a defendant of the lawsuit, noting that his office has no role in implementing the law.
The amount of payment will depend on how many borrowers filed claims late past year with the national third-party administrator, Rust Consulting, Beshear said.
"Our Attorney General has friends in the media who support him in ways that is over the top". Last week, he filed with the court and simply said he takes no position on this bill.
"Today the governor took to Facebook to provide his own 'alternative facts.' His claims are false and they show once again that he clearly doesn't understand or respect the law or the constitution", Beshear said in a written statement.
U.S. District Judge David Hale has set a hearing for February 16, when he'll hear arguments on whether he should order a temporary halt to the law.
"Instead of taking the aggressive approach he says he took by moving to dismiss", Pitt said, "he has completely struck out when given the opportunity to argue to the court the constitutionality of the statute and why its effectiveness should not be temporarily restrained".
The attorney general has signaled his refusal to defend a separate abortion bill banning the procedure after 20 weeks unless the mother's life is threatened.
The two have had a running battle since each was elected past year and Bevin succeeded Andy Beshear's father, Steve Beshear.
"We are a pro-life state", he said.
The terms will prevent past foreclosure abuses, such as robo-signing, improper documentation and lost paperwork, Beshear said.
Governor Bevin spoke about the passing of House Bill 2 and Senate Bill 5, which both deal with abortion, during the General Assembly.
He referred to a story published by The Courier-Journal on Tuesday and which quotes from court filings by the ACLU and Beshear with full attribution. "That's irresponsible. It's why I don't take the Courier-Journal seriously".
As the attorney general, Beshear is the state's top lawyer and he has said a few times that he will defend the law.
"Kentucky is a pro-truth state", Christopher said.
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