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Posted: Thursday, 06 February 2014 7:54AM

Ky. Senate passes abortion bill



FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds before abortions and to describe what is seen to the pregnant women.

The measure also would impose fines on doctors failing to comply.

Senators voted 33-5 Wednesday to send the measure to the House, where similar proposals have died in past years. Asked later if he thinks the outcome might be different this time, Republican Sen. Whitney Westerfield said he's asking supporters of his bill to pray to "soften the hearts" of House leaders.

Democratic Sen. Reginald Thomas said women don't need ultrasounds to understand what it means to be pregnant. He said the bill is aimed at denying women their right to control their own health-care decisions.

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The legislation is Senate Bill 8.

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