8:43 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Kentucky House Committee Declines Bills Requiring Ultrasounds Before Abortions

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The Kentucky House Health and Welfare Committee voted down two similar bills Thursday that would require ultrasounds for women seeking abortions and penalize doctors who don’t comply.

The committee also rejected a measure requiring women to meet in person with their doctor before having an abortion. They were each rejected along party-line votes.

Derek Selznick is executive director of the ACLU of Kentucky’s Reproductive Freedom Project. He says the mandatory ultrasounds would be traumatic to a woman who conceived a child after being raped.

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4:01 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Bill Requiring Ultrasound Before Abortion Sent to Kentucky House Committee

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.

But those who work at Kentucky's two abortion clinics argue the proposal is redundant given their medical procedures.

The legislation is being proposed by Democratic state Rep. Gerald Watkins of Paducah and has bipartisan support from over 55 lawmakers.

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11:28 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Kentucky Senate Committee Passes Bill Requiring Mandatory Ultrasound for Abortions

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A Kentucky Senate committee has passed a bill that would require women seeking abortions to undergo a mandatory ultrasound procedure.

Senate Bill 8 is the latest anti-abortion measure to clear the panel.

Lawmakers heard testimony from Derrick Selznick, who is director of the ACLU of Kentucky’s Reproductive Freedom Project. Selznick opposes the bill on the grounds that it’s demeaning to women.

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8:00 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Kentucky Senate OKs 'Informed Consent' Abortion Bill

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A bill requiring women in Kentucky seeking abortions to consult with a physician in-person 24-hours before the procedure cleared on Wednesday the state Senate.

It passed 33-5.

The measure's most vocal critic was a newly elected senator whose seat has been home to some of that chamber’s most outspoken liberal voices.

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9:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Kentucky State Rep. Joe Fischer: Abortion is 'Most Brutal Form of Domestic Violence'

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A Republican lawmaker has amended a bill expanding domestic violence protections for dating couples to include language limiting abortions.

Rep. Joe Fischer of Ft. Thomas says he believes abortion is a form of domestic violence.

“The most brutal form of domestic violence is the violence against unborn children. And, this particular bill would prohibit abortions after the fetus feels pain, which is 20 weeks and older," Fischer says.

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6:44 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

Reproductive Rights Rally Takes Aim at Upcoming Kentucky General Assembly Session

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FRANKFORT—Arguing that some Kentucky legislators routinely file bills that would be, if enacted, harmful to women, activists rallied Saturday outside the state Capitol to support what they called "reproductive justice" in advance of the 2014 General Assembly session.

Roughly 75 activists caravanned from Louisville to Frankfort to advocate for legislation that would expand access to abortion and contraceptives, family support programs and comprehensive, science-based sex education.

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4:40 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

National Right to Life Endorses Mitch McConnell for Re-Election

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Joined by leaders with its Kentucky affiliate, National Right to Life on Wednesday endorsed Republican Senator Mitch McConnell for re-election next year.

The support from the anti-abortion organization is in sharp contrast to the backing of Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes last month by the pro-choice group Emily’s List.

Speaking to reporters, National Right to Life president Carol Tobias says McConnell is an "irreplaceable" voice in the Senate as a GOP leader who has consistently backed their movement.

"Senator McConnell has been a key supporter of every major pro-life initiative to come before the U.S. Senate during his tenure, including legislation to protect un-born children at 20 weeks. That's a point by which the un-born child is capable of experiencing great pain when being killed by dismemberment or other late abortion techniques," she says.

Tobias adds McConnell has also helped by blocking President Obama’s judicial nominees who support abortion rights.

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9:01 am
Wed August 21, 2013

EMILY's List Endorses Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky Senate

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes

The powerful pro-choice group EMILY's List is endorsing Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky's 2014 U.S. Senate race.

The group had encouraged Grimes to get in the Senate race as early as March, and has been helping the first-term secretary of state raise money in a bid to unseat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell next year.

In an e-mail to supporters, EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock called Grimes an "energetic rising star" who can beat McConnell.

"Mitch McConnell is one of the least liked senators in the country for a reason—he’s hopelessly out-of-touch with the needs of his state," Schriock said. "Alison is working tirelessly to make sure that Kentuckians’ voices are being heard."

EMILY's List is a political action committee that works to elect Democratic women who support reproductive rights. Last year, the group raised close to $52 million and is known to have an extensive national campaign network.

Grimes has avoided hot button national topics for the most part and her campaign website doesn't address social issues but rather focuses instead on jobs, veterans issues and protecting entitlements.

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11:08 am
Tue May 28, 2013

High Court Won't Hear Indiana Planned Parenthood Funding Case

The U.S. Supreme Court will not disturb a lower court ruling that blocks Indiana's effort to strip Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood because the organization performs abortions among its medical services.

The justices did not comment Tuesday in rejecting the state's appeal of a federal appeals court ruling in favor of Planned Parenthood.

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4:45 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Indiana House Panel Approves Amended Abortion Bill

Indiana lawmakers are dropping a proposal that would require clinics offering the abortion pill perform ultrasounds on women seeking the drug.

A House committee removed that provision Wednesday from a broader Senate bill that would force clinics that provide only drug-induced abortions to meet the same facility requirements as clinics that perform surgical abortions.

The committee voted 8-5 to advance the bill to the full House.

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