Senate committee approves bill to require ultrasounds before abortions
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A bill aimed at requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds prior to abortions has won approval from a Kentucky Senate committee.
Doctors would have to describe to pregnant women what the ultrasounds show. Doctors failing to comply would face fines of up to $100,000 for a first offense and up to $250,000 for subsequent violations.
The bill cleared the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee Thursday.
Derek Selznick, representing the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, said the bill is an attempt by politicians to interfere in doctor-patient relationships. Selznick called the bill a "state-mandated guilt trip" designed to deter women from seeking abortions.
He said similar laws have been struck down by courts.
Similar bills have passed the Kentucky Senate in the past but stalled in the House.
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