Abortion Ultrasound Bill Clears First Hurdle
FRANKFORT, KY - Persistent Senate Republicans are again pushing a bill that would require doctors to allow women seeking abortions to look at ultrasound images.
The Senate Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection passed the perennial measure Thursday morning on a 7-2 vote. The panel also gave thumbs up to another measure that would require that women get face-to-face consultations with medical professionals before undergoing abortions.
The proposals have repeatedly cleared the GOP-led Senate in recent years only to die in the Democratic-controlled House.
The ultrasound measure has been softened over the years from an original version that would have required doctors to show women the images.
The bill calls for doctors who don't comply to be fined $100,000 for first offenses and $250,000 for subsequent offenses.