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Ky. Senate votes to update informed consent law

Ky. Senate votes to update informed consent law

by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 23 at 11:40 AM

   FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- 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.
 
   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.
 
   The bill passed the Senate on a 33-5 vote Wednesday and now goes to the House.
 
   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.
 
   Gregory, R-Monticello, says in-person meetings would ensure women are fully informed before making a potential "life-ending decision."
 
   Sen. Reginald Thomas, D-Lexington, says the bill is intended to cause a "guilt trip" for women seeking abortions.
 
 

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