State Rep. Joni Jenkins http://wfpl.org en Bill Requiring Ultrasound Before Abortion Sent to Kentucky House Committee http://wfpl.org/post/bill-requiring-ultrasound-abortion-sent-kentucky-house-committee <p>A new bill that would require Kentucky women to have an ultrasound before receiving an abortion has been assigned to the House Health and Welfare Committee.</p><p>But those who work at Kentucky's two abortion clinics argue the proposal is redundant given their medical procedures.</p><p>The legislation is being proposed by Democratic state Rep. Gerald <a href="http://www.lrc.ky.gov/legislator/H003.htm">Watkins of Paducah</a> and has bipartisan support from over 55 lawmakers.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:01:24 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8814 at http://wfpl.org Bill Requiring Ultrasound Before Abortion Sent to Kentucky House Committee Two Kentucky Lawmakers Highlight Government Shutdown's Effects on Kentucky Women http://wfpl.org/post/two-kentucky-lawmakers-highlight-government-shutdowns-effects-kentucky-women <p>Kentucky state Reps. Joni Jenkins and Mary Lou Marzian are highlighting the effects of the federal government shutdown on women.</p><p>The two Democrats were in Washington, D.C., this week meeting with lawmakers and hope Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will keep those adverse impacts in mind as potential negotiations begin.</p><p>&quot;Certainly the furloughing of employees&mdash;half of those or more are going to be single females who are heads of families&mdash;and I don&#39;t know how many of your listeners can go without paycheck for a day, a week or possibly longer,&quot; said Jenkins, whose district covers parts of western Jefferson County. &quot;That money not coming into our communities is going to trickle down to all sorts of businesses.&quot;</p><p>Beyond federal workers there is growing concern about social services that could be impacted.</p><p>Almost 9 million new mothers and young children rely on programs such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children or WIC. But federal <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/10/02/228377277/day-2-of-government-shutdown-affects-variety-of-workers?sc=tw&amp;cc=share">officials have warned funding for WIC could run out in the next week</a> or so.</p><p>Observers expect the shutdown to last at least that long even as President <a href="http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-obama-congressional-leaders-government-shutdown-20131002,0,1901576.story">Obama is inviting congressional leaders, including McConnell, to the White House</a>&nbsp;Wednesday afternoon to possibly negotiate.</p><p>Marzian says the shutdown is a <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/10/01/government_shutdown_from_wic_to_the_panda_cam_seven_ways_the_shutdown_will.html">disaster for women on a number of fronts</a> and low-income mothers in particular, adding the blame should be on Tea Party-backed Republicans in the House.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s going to really effect women being able to feed their families and pay their rent as these programs run out of money in the next weeks,&quot; she says. &quot;But the Tea Party and these right-wing Republicans care nothing about women and children. They only care about themselves and pushing their agenda forward. However, they care about fetuses but once you&rsquo;re here you&rsquo;re on your own.&quot;</p><p>Last year, over 132,000 pregnant women and new mothers in Kentucky received nutrition assistance through WIC programs for their young children.</p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:43:20 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7065 at http://wfpl.org Two Kentucky Lawmakers Highlight Government Shutdown's Effects on Kentucky Women HIV Testing Bill Clears Kentucky House 96-0 http://wfpl.org/post/hiv-testing-bill-clears-kentucky-house-96-0 <p></p><p>A bill aimed at allowing victims to ask for quick HIV testing of defendants in sexual assault cases has cleared the state House.</p><p>Under current laws, only prosecutors can ask for HIV testing of an accused person and only after a conviction. But the bill would allow a victim to ask for such a test before a conviction.</p><p>Rep. Joni Jenkins, a Louisville Democrat and the bill's sponsor, says medical advances can prevent HIV from spreading into AIDS if caught early on, but convictions often take up to three years.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 23:41:55 +0000 Kenny Colston 4088 at http://wfpl.org HIV Testing Bill Clears Kentucky House 96-0