Senate sends House bill to require ultrasounds before abortions

02/05/2014 06:13 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.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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