A proposal to require doctors to allow women seeking abortions to see ultrasound images has been voted down in the Kentucky legislature. The House Health and Welfare Committee rejected the measure 9-5 today (Thursday). The perennial bill, sponsored by a series of senators over the years, has routinely passed the Republican-controlled Senate only to die in the Democratic-led House.
The Kentucky Senate approved a bill requiring patients to undergo an ultrasound before performing an abortion. The bill establishes a criminal penalty for violation of the law. A similar proposal has been introduced in the Senate before, only to lose in the House. The bill passed 32-4.