Abortion-related bills requring face-to face-meeting and ultrasound move through Senate

02/08/2013 04:24 PM

The latest versions of two abortion-related bills made it through the Senate on Friday.

Senate Bill 4, sponsored by Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, requires a woman seeking an abortion to have a face-to-face meeting with a physician or physician assistant, licensed nurse or a social worker who was designated by a physician, according to the bill. It passed by a vote of 32-4.

Senate Bill 5, sponsored by Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, also passed by a 32-4 margin. The bill requires physicians to do an ultrasound and present the picture to the woman before performing an abortion.

The four no votes on both bills were cast by Sens. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington, and Denise Harper Angel, Perry Clark and Morgan McGarvey of Louisville.

Stein said the bill is “a further attempt to restrict a woman in Kentucky’s ability to have a legal medical procedure within the commonwealth.”

Senate Pro Tem Katie Stine, R-Southgate, supported the bill saying, “if we respect women, we should support this legislation because this insures women, when making a life or death decision which may have long lasting, devastating psychological effect, that they should have all of the facts.”

McGarvey said he was concerned about the unintended consequences of the bill.

“Wherever you are on this issue, there are consequences for this that are unintended,”
said McGarvey as he told a story about how his twins were born 26 weeks and one day into his wife’s pregnancy.

The bills move to the House where they have failed to get out of the Health and Welfare Committee in past sessions.


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