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Ultrasound bill clears state Senate

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 6, 2014) — The Kentucky Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would change the informed consent process required prior to abortion procedures.

Senate Bill 8, sponsored by Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, would add an ultrasound to the informed consent requirement for abortions performed in Kentucky.  The bill would require physicians to verbally describe the ultrasound images.  The woman could choose not to look at the images.

“This is about informed consent.  It is about being informed before making a procedure decision,” Westerfield said.

The bill was approved 33-5 and will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.