Senate President sees potential for early action on pro-life bills

01/08/2016 02:49 PM

FRANKFORT – Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester believes that the Senate’s pro-life bills, Senate Bill 4, Senate Bill 7, and Senate Bill 25 will be the first of the priority bills which will come to the floor.

SB 4 is known as the “Informed Consent” bill, and requires women seeking an abortion to have a face-to-face, in person consultation with a physician 24 hours prior to the procedure.

SB 7 would prohibit any non-Medicaid state tax dollars from funding Planned Parenthood, while SB 25 would prohibit the sale of fetal tissue to ensure profits are not obtained by individuals or organizations by selling fetal tissue from an abortion.

Stivers believes that there is bi-partisan support in his chamber for the legislation.

“I know we have received numerous Democrat votes on those that might come in quickly without much opposition, so I assume that they would be the first, “Stivers said.

Stivers said that since it’s a 60-day session, there isn’t a big hurry to push bills through like last year.

“We need to be measured in our approaches and from that perspective we don’t have the necessity of being much more expedient with bills,” Stivers said.

It’s expected that the first bills will be taken up on the Senate floor as early as Thursday of next week.

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