Abortion bill passes senate committee

Legislation that would require women to look at an ultrasound image before an abortion passed a Kentucky Senate Committee Thursday morning.

Supporters of Senate Bill 38 say it would allow women to understand the risks and consequences of an abortion ahead of time but those against the legislation say it places additional costs and hardships on women. "This law does not protect women. It creates more burdens for low income women, further creating an unequal health care system for those who have and those who do not", says Derek Sleznick of the Kentucky ACLU. The Catholic Conference of Kentucky supports the idea saying the bill gives women "truly informed consent with the opportunity to see real time images of the baby, and to ask questions of the ultrasound provider."

The bill passed unanimously in the Senate Judiciary Committee and now goes on to the full Senate.

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