Senate Bill 7 would require a medical doctor to perform an ultrasound prior to a woman giving informed consent to having an abortion, said Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, who sponsors the bill along with Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville.
“Full disclosure is so important to the health of the mother and her baby,”
Adams said. “
women deserve no less. In closing, we need to stop chipping away at the right
women to receive the healthcare and the answers they deserve.” Kentucky
Sen. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, explained his vote against SB7.
“This is my third session here in the state Senate and I don’t think anyone’s opinion has been changed by the debate on this floor in those three years,” he said. “We talked a lot today about the court decisions and what those mean. We didn’t talk about what is actually in the bill. The one thing I would like to point out, in explaining my ‘no’ vote, is that do not see any exceptions for women who have been the victim of rape … .”
SB 7 now goes before the state House for consideration.
In January, the state Senate passed another abortion-related measure, known as Senate Bill 4, and sent it to the House for consideration.
SB 4 calls for a face-to-face meeting between the pregnant woman and a healthcare provider at least 24-hours before an abortion takes place.
explained last month that current law states a physician, licensed nurse,
physician assistant or social worker must verbally inform the woman of the
medical risks and abortion alternatives at least 24-hours before an abortion,
but it does not specify that the information be given in a face-to face
meeting. She added that it is sometimes done via a recorded telephone message.