February 16, 2012 — The Kentucky Senate on Tuesday voted 32-4 to pass a bill (SB 103) that would require women to obtain an ultrasound before receiving abortion care, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. Women would be given the opportunity to view the image but would not be required to do so.
The bill, by state Sen. Joe Bowen (R), passed with little debate.
Sen. Kathy Stein (D), one of the four senators who voted against the bill, said she found the bill and its language to be "demeaning" in describing that a woman would be allowed "to avert" her eyes from the ultrasound image.
The Kentucky Senate earlier this month passed a separate bill (SB 102) that would require women to have face-to-face counseling 24 hours before receiving abortion care.
Both bills now head to the House. In recent years, similar bills have passed the Senate but were rejected or stalled in the House Health and Welfare Committee (Yetter, Louisville Courier-Journal, 2/14).
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