Senate sends House bill to require ultrasounds before abortions

02/05/2014 07:13 PM

With a 33-5 vote, the Senate moved forward with legislation that would require a woman seeking an abortion to receive an ultrasound of the fetus and consult with a physician face to face.

“Fans of pro-choice legislation — if they continue to make the argument that a mother would feel shame or guilt … I believe that is a tacit agreement with me that that’s a life,” Westerfield said.

The debate on the bill was brief with Sen. Reginald Thomas, D-Lexington, questioning the constitutionality — and the need — for the bill.

“The vast majority of early termination of pregnancies that take place occur for women in the ages 20 through 29,” Thomas said. “Any woman in the state 20 to 29 understands what it means when she’s told that she’s pregnant.”

The only other debate on the bill came from Sen. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, who simply asked if there is an exemption in the bill for cases of abortion and then took his seat — a move that clearly caught Westerfield off guard.

Voting against the bill were Democratic senators Thomas and Perry Clark, Denise Harper Angel, Gerald Neal and McGarvey, all of Louisville.

The full Senate has also already passed Senate Bill 3 , which would require women to get a face-to-face consultation with a physician before getting an abortion.

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  • viewer wrote on February 06, 2014 09:18 AM :

    I think Sen. Whitney Westerfield has handled this bill about as good as anyone I have seen all over the nation. I hope our national party is watching how Whitney spoke and presented this bill. He didn’t put anyone down. He didn’t talk vulgar. He didn’t talk nasty. We didn’t shoot ourselves in the foot this time. Great work Whitney.

    With Bill Nye coming to Kentucky this week, I have been thinking about religion and science. Both faith and science are needed in the 21st century America. I believe that we can have science and faith working together going forward. Like I have said about Whitney, he has his faith, but he also uses common sense and wisdom. Faith is a big part of Kentucky culture and has served our people well since the beginning. However, we also have to realize that we need education and science to better our youth and our state as a whole. The viewer.

  • Bluegrass River wrote on February 06, 2014 09:18 AM :

    Westerfield to the rescue! Until the fetus comes through the birth canal then Westerfield votes to cut any spending, education improvements, or child abuse and neglect programs. He voted a loud NO when it came time for this kind of support. Should he be forced to see pictures of children abused and neglected when he makes his votes to “drown the government in a bathtub?” Let’s send him those pictures to:
    700 South Main Street
    PO Box 1107
    Hopkinsville KY 42241

  • Paul Hosse wrote on February 06, 2014 09:38 AM :

    Why? Why is someone else’s business? If they are legally an adult, they get to make their own decisions whether anyone else likes it or not. Adding hoops won’t change anything. Why shouldn’t men have to go through similar hoops for vasectomies? I lean pro-life, but trying to covertly impose some group’s religious standards or morals is still wrong any way you look at it.

  • Mike wrote on February 06, 2014 12:44 PM :

    What does the Bible say about abortion? NOTHING.
    There is one verse that lends support to life while in the womb; but that is it. And traditional Hebrew thought was that birth began “in the breath. The life is in the breath.”

    So this law, which will affect poor women the most will have little affect on the number of abortions. What it will do is endanger women completely unnecessarily and with a religious base to its enactment as well.

    Personally I think that an amendment calling for all male enhancement products to require a prostate and testicle ultrasound prior to being able to purchase them, even with a doctor prescription, since the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Republicans seem to believe they know more about whether a woman needs an ultrasound or needs an abortion than she and her physician know.

    How quickly would a law pass when the geriatric philanderers in our legislature and administration discover they can no longer buy something legally to “get it up”?

    It also is a complete violation of the woman’s medical privacy.

    Let’s make it easier for women to HAVE those babies instead. Let’s provide care for them when Mom is working FOR FREE and all medical care, period. If the Republicans really believe this unethical law should be passed, then they should provide for the obvious response to having those babies unless they’ve shamed the women into believing that a fetus IS a baby.

  • viewer wrote on February 06, 2014 04:09 PM :

    Hello Paul Hosse. I read your writing and agree with you the majority of the time. I was raised Baptist. Most of my family members attend Baptist Churches, but I don’t consider myself to be any one religion. I have friends who are Jewish, Catholic, Methodist, you name it I have it. I see a lot wrong with the church, but I also see that a world without faith is no world to live in. People who take religion too far and read stuff that isn’t there are just as dangerous as people who don’t accept the Bible. I look at the Bible as a road map of the past and like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle for the road ahead. If Jesus had no super power, but only the love for us humans that doesn’t diminish him in anyway in my mind. He still died for us, and showed us that we are all sinners who need to have grace to forgive others. So to me, his strength was wisdom and love for all of us. If that is not power, then I don’t know what is.

    I have seen women have babies from an unexpected pregnancy. I have seen women have babies and give them up for adoption. I never get the argument of why they always want to talk about Republicans not caring for the baby after it is born. The reason we want you to have the baby is because children make us better as human beings. We want to do more in life to better our children and that ends up motivating us more too. Without children, I don’t know if I would be alive today. I had a wild streak in me a country mile wide. There are still times when it strikes even now. Having children humbles you and makes you wiser about actions and consequences. We pro life people want the woman to have the baby to better herself. Most not all women have that motherly instinct and will do anything for that child. In my opinion, mothers are the cornerstone to every family. Everyone loves their mother, and the mother usually is the one who keeps the family together. I am pro birth control too. I have no problem with the pill. I say hand them out like candy.

    What people don’t understand is this younger generation sees sex on TV 24/7. They think it is cool and that they can handle it. The STD rate for anyone under 30 is over 60% in America. If you know someone under 30, there is a 60% chance that they have contracted an STD in their young, short life. The media and the democratic party does not want to admit that there are consequences with this promiscuous behavior going on in today’s times. All we here is keep your hands off my body. Well, there is a good chance that nobody is going to want to touch your body because what you have done to it. You have stuff that AJAX won’t remove. We have a tough time talking about the birds and the bees. We have a tough time telling the true consequences and realities that sex brings into out lives. Women can have all the freedom they want, and I am for that. But, if they lay down with every Tom, Dick, and Harry, sooner or later they lose the best part about them. Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian types make sin look cool on TV. What we do not get to feel is the void in these girls’ hearts and the shame that they hide from us. It is tough to raise a daughter in today’s times, and I am not a woman, but I would say it is tough to be a woman in today’s times. For any young people out there, if you are reading this, try hard to be a lady because you will not regret it in the end. The viewer.

  • Ashley John wrote on February 12, 2014 04:27 AM :

    This is actually a good decision.

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