The Kentucky Senate has once again voted overwhelmingly to modify the state informed consent law regarding abortions. As in years past, the senate approved a measure to require a face-to-face medical consultation at least 24 hours before an abortion is performed. Lexington Senator Reginald Thomas voted no.
“What this bill does today Mr. President and members of the Senate is to continue to degrade the rights that women deservedly possess in this country,” said Thomas.
Wayne County Senator Sarah Beth Gregory says a recorded message used in some abortion facilities goes against the intent of the law passed in 1998. She says there are individual medical risks for women seeking abortions and so a face-to-face discussion with a medical provider is warranted.
“Most of us would recognize the fact that those risks are individualized. Different women have different pre-existing conditions and different health backgrounds that may lead to different risk and different potential outcomes and different options for different individuals,” said Gregory.
Similar legislation has previously passed the Kentucky senate. But, rarely are abortion related bills heard in the full House.