Bill that called for ultrasounds before abortions defeated

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A sharply divided Kentucky House committee
has rejected a bill that would require doctors to perform
ultrasounds on pregnant women seeking abortions.
The measure stalled on a 7-7 vote Thursday after members of the
House Health and Welfare Committee heard emotional testimony from
both sides of the debate.
The lawmakers heard from a Lexington woman who underwent an
abortion more than a decade ago. She said she never had a chance to
hear the heartbeat or see images of her fetus.
Opponents said the bill would make an already-difficult
situation even more onerous for women seeking abortions.
The measure easily passed the Kentucky Senate last month. It
would require an ultrasound prior to a woman giving her informed
consent to having an abortion.
The legislation is Senate Bill 38.

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