by Steven Ertelt
February 16, 2007
Frankfort, KY (LifeNews.com) — A state Senate panel approved a bill on Thursday to make improvements to the state’s informed consent law that provides women with information about abortion’s risks and alternatives. The law has reduced the number of abortions in the state but wasn’t working properly as women were supposed to get the information in person.
Senate Bill 179 would tighten the 1998 law’s requirements to make sure women get the information in person rather than over the telephone.
In 2001, the Kentucky Medical Licensure Board interpreted the law to say that abortion practitioners didn’t have to provide women the information face to face.
Sen. Katie Stine, a Republican, filed a bill to mandate that the information about abortion’s risks and the age of the unborn child be given in person. The bill also tells women that the state has information about alternatives to abortion and medical benefits assistance the woman could receive if she decides against an abortion.
She must also be told that the father is required to provide child support.
After she receives all of the information, any woman considering an abortion signs an informed consent form making sure the information was given.
Amanda Kreps-Long of the Kentucky ACLU says her group opposes the bill and would try to defeat it in the House if the Senate approves it.
Mike Janocik, assistant director of Kentucky Right to Life, told the Louisville Courier Journal newspaper that the pro-life group is pleased the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill. He said he thought the chances of getting it through the House were good.
However, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Kathy Stein, a Democrat from Lexington, said she would not allow a vote on the bill if it is assigned to her committee.