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Abortion ultrasound bill clears first hurdle

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 7, 2013 at 11:31 am •  Published: February 7, 2013
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Derek Selznick, a staffer with the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, said the legislation, if passed, would be an imposition on women seeking abortions because it would require them to make at least two trips to see doctors who perform abortions. For some rural residents in outlying communities, Selznick said that could mean long drives to Louisville and Lexington, forcing them to take more time off work and incur additional travel costs.

"There are also other ways to do this, such as telemedicine, which is becoming the standard of care, so to require a physical presence, I think, really denies where medicine is going," he said. "What we do know is that once women have to make that second trip, they have to arrange child care. If they're working an hourly job, they're not going to be losing one day's wages but two days' wages."

The measure now goes to the full Senate for consideration, where it is expected to pass.

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The legislation is Senate Bill 4 and 5.