Health
10:01 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Ultrasound Bill Passed By Senate Committee

Diagram of Transvaginal Ultrasound
Diagram of Transvaginal Ultrasound
Credit National Cancer Institute

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.

“So for the majority of women that this will affect in Kentucky, there will have to have a vaginal ultrasound. And the courts have ruled that the only way a woman can dissent, even though it is written into the law that they can avert their eyes, the only way she can fulfill that is to wear blinders and noise cancelling headphones. And if that isn’t degrading, I don’t know what is.”

Bill sponsor Whitney Westerfield says the measure is designed to protect innocent life. Another anti-abortion bill. Senate Bill 3, passed in that chamber last week.