abortion http://wkyufm.org en Democrats Quash Anti-Abortion Bills in Committee http://wkyufm.org/post/democrats-quash-anti-abortion-bills-committee <p>Three bills that would place more restrictions on abortion access in Kentucky have been rejected in party-line votes.<br /><br />The House Health &amp; Welfare Committee voted down two similar bills that would require ultrasounds for women seeking abortions and penalize doctors who don’t comply. The committee also rejected a measure requiring women to meet in person with their doctor prior to obtaining an abortion.<br /><br />Derek Selznick is executive director of the ACLU of Kentucky’s Reproductive Freedom Project. He says the mandatory ultrasounds would be traumatic to a woman who conceived a child after being raped.</p><p>“While a doctor or somebody is actually holding a transvaginal wand inside of a woman and must explain what they’re seeing on the screen. And that, you know, for, once again, for a woman who’s been raped, that is just adding trauma to that experience,” said Selznick.</p><p>Michael Janocik with the Kentucky Right-to-Life Association says one measure contains language permitting exemptions in case of a medical emergency, though rape is not explicitly listed as one of them.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:20:30 +0000 Jonathan Meador 45403 at http://wkyufm.org Democrats Quash Anti-Abortion Bills in Committee Kentucky Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Bill Mandating Ultrasound Before Abortion http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-senate-overwhelmingly-passes-bill-mandating-ultrasound-abortion <p></p><p>The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would require women seeking abortions to undergo a mandatory ultrasound.</p><p>The measure passed 33-5 Wednesday with wide Republican support. This is the tenth year the bill has cleared the Senate. All previous efforts have gone on to die in the Democratically-controlled House.</p><p>The bill does not provide an exemption for victims of rape. Bill sponsor Whitney Westerfield acknowledges that transvaginal ultrasounds could be traumatic for rape victims.</p><p>“I’m not compelling that particular use, and I think that probably would be traumatic and I don’t know, I don’t presume to know what a woman would be thinking in that position, but I think it probably would be," the Hopkinsville Republican said. "They oughta have the option of which ultrasound. That’s why I didn’t write it so it’d be compelled.”</p><p>Dissenters say the bill is degrading to women, and&nbsp; similar laws in other states are costing taxpayers money as a result of legal challenges.</p><p>Westerfield said he had not had a chance to review those cases. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 14:11:46 +0000 Jonathan Meador 43434 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Bill Mandating Ultrasound Before Abortion Bill Requiring Women to Undergo Ultrasound Before Abortion Passes Kentucky Committee http://wkyufm.org/post/bill-requiring-women-undergo-ultrasound-abortion-passes-kentucky-committee <p>A Kentucky Senate committee has passed a bill that would require women seeking abortions to undergo a mandatory ultrasound procedure.</p><p>Senate Bill 8 is the latest anti-abortion measure to clear the panel.</p><p>Lawmakers heard testimony from Derrick Selznick, who is director of the ACLU of Kentucky’s Reproductive Freedom Project. Selznick opposes the bill on the grounds that it’s demeaning to women.</p><p>“So for the majority of women that this will effect in Kentucky, there will have to have [sic] a vaginal ultrasound," Selznick said. "And the courts have ruled that the only way a woman can dissent, even though it is written into the law that they can avert their eyes, the only way she can can fulfill that is to wear blinders and noise cancelling headphones. And if that isn’t degrading, I don’t know what is.”</p><p>Bill sponsor Whitney Westerfield says the measure is designed to protect innocent life.</p><p>Another anti-abortion bill, Senate Bill 3, passed in that chamber last week. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:01:51 +0000 Jonathan Meador 43175 at http://wkyufm.org Abortion Measure Requiring In-Person Meeting With Medical Professional Passes KY Senate http://wkyufm.org/post/abortion-measure-requiring-person-meeting-medical-professional-passes-ky-senate <p></p><p>The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill to require any woman seeking an abortion to have a "face-to-face" meeting with a medical professional before the procedure.</p><p>The measure seeks to update the state's informed consent law. It requires women to receive counseling and then wait at least 24 hours before having an abortion.</p><p>The bill passed the Senate on a 33-5 vote Wednesday and now goes to the House.</p><p>Sen. Sara Beth Gregory, the bill's lead sponsor, says abortion providers have "found a way around" the law's intent by providing the information through recorded telephone messages.</p><p>Gregory, R-Monticello, says in-person meetings would ensure women are fully informed before making a potential "life-ending decision."</p><p>Sen. Reginald Thomas, D-Lexington, says the bill is intended to cause a "guilt trip" for women seeking abortions. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:44:36 +0000 Associated Press 42771 at http://wkyufm.org Abortion Measure Requiring In-Person Meeting With Medical Professional Passes KY Senate Abortion Measure Passes Kentucky Senate Committee http://wkyufm.org/post/abortion-measure-passes-kentucky-senate-committee <p><span class="userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}">A Kentucky Senate committee has overwhelmingly approved a measure that would require women to have a face-to-face meeting with a doctor or health care provider before having an abortion.<br /><br />The Senate Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection passed the measure on an 8-to-2 vote Thursday morning. The bill will next be heard by the full Senate next week.<br /><br />Supporters believe it has a good chance of passing the Senate, but similar measures have repeatedly died in House committees during previous legislative sessions.<br /><br />Opponents argue the requirement of a face-to-face meeting would place undue burdens on women seeking abortions. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:40:59 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 42534 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky GOP Lawmaker Adds Language to Bill Defining Abortion as Form of Domestic Violence http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-gop-lawmaker-adds-language-bill-defining-abortion-form-domestic-violence <p>A Republican lawmaker has amended a bill expanding domestic violence protections for dating couples to include language limiting abortions.</p><p>Rep. Joe Fischer of Ft. Thomas says he believes abortion <strong><em>is</em></strong> a form of domestic violence.</p><p>“The most brutal form of domestic violence is the violence against unborn children," the northern Kentucky Republican said. "And, this particular bill would prohibit abortions after the fetus feels pain, which is 20 weeks and older.”</p><p>The amendment will have to come up for inclusion on the House floor. It's likely to attract criticism from Democrats who will say it isn’t germane to the legislation.</p><p>The bulk of scientific literature on the subject suggests that fetuses do not feel pain before 24 weeks of gestation.</p><p>The United States Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a similar case today Monday regarding an Arizona law that would ban abortions at 20 weeks. That effectively preserved a previous ruling that the Arizona law was unconstitutional. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:09:55 +0000 Jonathan Meador 42417 at http://wkyufm.org Abortion Rights Supporters Say Kentucky Bill Would Limit Access to Procedure http://wkyufm.org/post/abortion-rights-supporters-say-kentucky-bill-would-limit-access-procedure <p>Several Democrats in the Kentucky House have filed a bill that would make it a felony for doctors not to consult with patients seeking abortions a day before the procedure.</p><p>The bill is one of many filed this year that would limit abortion access.</p><p>Derek Selznick, Reproductive Freedom Project Director of the ACLU of Kentucky, says this bill and others would most severely affect women outside of major cities.</p><p>“If a woman is from a rural part of the state, that means she’s gonna have to get a hotel. If she works an hourly job, she’s out two days’ wages. All of these are serious impediments that offer really no higher quality of care. All they do is put a higher burden on a woman seeking abortion.”</p><p>Selznick says the bill is cobbled together from Republican proposals in the Senate. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:17:09 +0000 Jonathan Meador 42368 at http://wkyufm.org Reproductive Rights Rally Takes Aim at Upcoming Kentucky General Assembly Session http://wkyufm.org/post/reproductive-rights-rally-takes-aim-upcoming-kentucky-general-assembly-session <p></p><p>Arguing that some Kentucky legislators routinely file bills that would be, if enacted, harmful to women, activists rallied Saturday outside the state Capitol to support what they called "reproductive justice" in advance of the 2014 General Assembly session.</p><p>Roughly 75 activists caravanned from Louisville to Frankfort to advocate for legislation that would expand access to abortion and contraceptives, family support programs and comprehensive, science-based sex education.</p><p>Speakers at the rally lambasted what some called "religious conservatives" in Kentucky legislature who constantly introduce legislation that they claim harm low-income women.</p><p>"In Kentucky, year after year, there are proposals that continue to go before the legislature that would seek to limit a person's access to comprehensive sexuality education; seek to limit a person's access to the full range of pregnancy-related healthcare, including contraception and abortion; and seek to deny family support," Dawn Cooley, a minister at Louisville's First Unitarian Church, told the crowd. Sun, 03 Nov 2013 14:04:19 +0000 Jonathan Meador 39343 at http://wkyufm.org Reproductive Rights Rally Takes Aim at Upcoming Kentucky General Assembly Session Paul Warns that Abortion and Biological Advances Could Eliminate Those Considered Undesirable http://wkyufm.org/post/paul-warns-abortion-and-biological-advances-could-eliminate-those-considered-undesirable <p></p><p>Kentucky Senator Rand Paul warned a crowd at a religious college that scientific advances—coupled with abortion—could be used to eliminate those who are deemed to be undesirable.</p><p>Sen. Paul made the comments at Liberty University in Virginia, while campaigning on behalf of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli. Paul, a Bowling Green Republican, said that those who are considered less intelligent or even overweight could be eliminated through abortion.</p><p>Paul was addressing an audience during the weekly convocation services at Liberty, the school founded by the late evangelical leader Jerry Falwell. Paul told his audience “in your lifetime, much of your potential—or lack thereof—can be known simply by swabbing the inside of your cheek. Are we prepared to select out the imperfect among us?”</p><p>Paul has become an active campaigner on behalf of other conservative Republican candidates across the nation, including Cuccinelli, who is taking on Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia Governor’s race that will be decided Nov. 5. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:12:12 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 39083 at http://wkyufm.org Paul Warns that Abortion and Biological Advances Could Eliminate Those Considered Undesirable Two Seperate Abortion Measures Pass Kentucky Senate http://wkyufm.org/post/two-seperate-abortion-measures-pass-kentucky-senate <p></p><p>Doctors would be required to make ultrasound images available to women seeking abortions under legislation passed by the Senate on Friday.</p><p>The Senate also passed a separate measure that would require women get face-to-face consultations with medical professionals before undergoing abortions.</p><p>Both measures passed the Republican-controlled Senate 31-4.</p><p>Similar proposals have repeatedly cleared the Senate in recent years only to die in the Democratic-controlled House. And the prognosis is no better this year.</p><p>Rep. Tom Burch, chairman of the House Health and Welfare Committee, said he doesn't believe the proposals have enough support to clear his panel. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 17:18:55 +0000 Associated Press 26160 at http://wkyufm.org Two Seperate Abortion Measures Pass Kentucky Senate