Senate passes pair of abortion bills on Friday

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 8, 2013 at 9:00 am •  Published: February 8, 2013
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Doctors would be required to make ultrasound images available to women seeking abortions under legislation passed by the Senate on Friday.

The Senate also passed a separate measure that would require women get face-to-face consultations with medical professionals before undergoing abortions.

Both measures passed the Republican-controlled Senate 31-4.

Similar proposals have repeatedly cleared the Senate in recent years only to die in the Democratic-controlled House. And the prognosis is no better this year.

Rep. Tom Burch, chairman of the House Health and Welfare Committee, said he doesn't believe the proposals have enough support to clear his panel.

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The legislation is Senate Bill 4 and 5.