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Informed consent bill approved by Senate

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 23, 2014) — A bill that would mandate an in-person meeting with a doctor, nurse or social worker at least 24 hours prior to an abortion procedure was approved 33-5 Wednesday by the Kentucky Senate.

Senate Bill 3, sponsored by Sen. Sara Beth Gregory, R-Monticello, would require the informed consent process mandated prior to abortion procedures occur in face-to-face meetings.

According to Gregory, informed consent process is currently sometimes conducted through a pre-recorded phone message.  She said the measure would provide women a more meaningful opportunity to consider information and ask questions prior to the procedure.

The bill now goes to the House for consideration.