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Thu February 25, 2010
Ultrasound bill stops in committee
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – For a fourth time, a Kentucky House committee has rejected legislation requiring doctors to provide ultrasounds prior to abortions. Proponents say nothing in the legislation forces women to look at the ultrasounds. But Mary Jo Davis of the American Civil Liberties Union says women are already provided more than enough information to make an intelligent decision on abortion.
"The day of the procedure, women watch a detailed video about the procedure they are to undergo, what to expect, and then they speak with a counselor. Any specific medical questions they have can be addressed with the doctor during their physical examination on the day of the procedure."
A Senate ultrasound bill before the House Health and Welfare committee failed on a 7-7 tie vote. Earlier, the committee rejected a similar House bill.