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Abortion ultrasound bill hits snag


Proponents of legislation that would require women to have an ultrasound before undergoing an abortion promised Tuesday to continue to fight for its passage.

A sharply divided House Health and Welfare Committee refused to send the measure to the full House for consideration on Tuesday.

But state Rep. Tim Moore, R-Elizabethtown, refused to concede that the legislation is dead, saying other parliamentary options will be explored in hopes of getting the measure to the full House where he believes it has sufficient votes to pass.

Moore acknowledged the bill’s fate appears grim after the 8-8 committee vote.

“With God all things are possible,” he said.

Moore said the legislation would allow women to be better informed in making decisions on whether to abort pregnancies.

“We want to make sure these young women are given information and that the technology that is capable of seeing within the womb, literally, is also available to them,” Moore said.

The Kentucky Senate had overwhelmingly approved the legislation earlier this month. But Democratic lawmakers on the Health and Welfare Committee complained the measure would create unnecessary impediments for women seeking an abortion.

State Rep. David Watkins, D-Henderson, said lawmakers shouldn’t be trying to impose their will on physicians. Watkins, a family physician who serves on the House committee, voted against the measure.

“I think this is an invasion between the patient and doctor’s relationship,” Watkins said. “This is a terrible bill.”

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