Ky. House Committee Rejects Abortion Bills Senate Had Approved
A House panel defeated several bills Thursday that would put restrictions on abortions, including one bill that would require a woman to view an ultrasound and another that would require a face-to-face consultation before receiving an abortion.
The House Health and Welfare Committee voted 8-7 — with Democrats voting against and Republicans voting for — on six abortion-related bills. Among those was Senate Bill 4, which would require a woman to have a face-to-face consultation with a doctor or a designee before receiving an abortion; and Senate Bill 5, which would require an ultrasound before an abortion.
Senate Bill 4 and Senate Bill 5 have been passed by the Republican-controlled Senate for several years but have never cleared the Democrat-controlled House. Anti-abortion activists emphasized Thursday that SB 4 and SB 5 would give women the information they need before agreeing to a medical procedure.