Monday, February 1, 2016

Kentucky lawmakers finish work on informed consent bill

(AP) — Kentucky lawmakers have approved a bill allowing real-time video consultations between doctors and women as an option to fulfill "informed consent" requirements before an abortion.

The Senate gave final approval Monday to the bill amending Kentucky's informed consent law. It's the first bill lawmakers sent to Gov. Matt Bevin, who took office last year.

For years, Kentucky law has required women meet with a doctor before an abortion.
But the bill's supporters say some doctors have circumvented that requirement by having patients listen to a recorded message on the phone with no interaction.

The Senate accepted changes made to the bill by the House. The version headed to Bevin would give patients and doctors the option of meetings in person or by video.

The legislation is Senate Bill 4.