Thursday, February 11, 2016

Panel advances bill to require ultrasounds before abortions

(AP) — Kentucky lawmakers have advanced a bill that would require doctors to perform ultrasounds prior to abortions and to describe what is seen to the pregnant woman.

The measure cleared the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee on Thursday. The committee action is the latest effort by abortion opponents to impose conditions prior to abortions.

Democratic Sen. Julian M. Carroll defended the ultrasound bill as a way to give women more information before the decision to have an abortion.

The bill was opposed by Dr. Sarah Wallett, an obstetrician/gynecologist. She said it would violate the doctor-patient relationship with a government mandate.


Kentucky lawmakers have already updated the state's informed consent law requiring women seeking abortions to be told of medical risks and benefits at least 24 hours beforehand.