Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Bill requiring face-to-face abortion consult clears Senate

(AP) — The Republican-controlled state Senate has approved a bill that requires a woman to have a face-to-face meeting with a doctor before having an abortion.

The Senate voted 32-5 to approve the bill Tuesday. It now goes to the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, where Speaker Greg Stumbo has said it has a better chance of passing this year.

Since 1998, Kentucky has required women to meet with a physician at least 24 hours before having an abortion. But since then, many doctors have discussed the procedure with women on the phone. The new bill clarifies patients must meet with doctors in person.

Abortion rights advocates argue the requirement makes it harder for women to get an abortion. Kentucky has just two abortion clinics, located in Louisville and Lexington.