House Health Committee Chairman: Senate's abortion-related bills redundant

02/18/2013 05:50 PM

Republican lawmakers have said 2013 could be the year to get abortion-related bills through the House considering Democrats’ shrunken majority. But the House Health and Welfare Committee chairman said he doesn’t see it happening.

That committee has served as legislative flypaper for previous abortion-related bills, such as those requiring women seeking abortions to get an ultrasound before the procedure. Even though the committee is more narrowly divided than ever — eight Democrats to seven Republicans — its chairman, Rep. Tom Burch, D-Louisville, said he doesn’t expect Senate bills 4 and 5 could pass through it.

Burch also said there’s no guarantee that his committee will receive that Senate bills requiring face-to-face meetings between a woman seeking an abortion and a physician or social worker, as well as the ultrasound bill.

Burch said what the bills require already are being done in abortion clinics.

“Most of the people have not been to abortion clinics … Everything they’re asking for in these bills are already being done,” he said. Here’s that segment of the interview with Burch:

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  • Brenda Black wrote on February 20, 2013 10:56 PM :

    It will happen by the coat hanger or back alleys. It has been that way for along time. Or a hidden birth that ends up in the trash, water ways or over the cliff. Seeking out medical help is the best way for all.

  • clair stines wrote on March 05, 2013 10:12 PM :

    Shameful that such a bill would be brought up in 2013. Women are free to have the life of their choice, noone else can decide such a personal private decision. This type of bill only shows the uncaring thoughtless thinking Ky has had and we must move forward and declare all people free .

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