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SB 8 - Requires an Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion - Key Vote

Kentucky Key Votes




Stage Details

Legislation - Referred to Committee (House) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (33-5) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires an Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires an ultrasound prior to an abortion.

  • Requires a physician to perform an ultrasound on a woman seeking an abortion prior to her providing signed consent for the abortion (Sec. 1). 
  • Requires the physician to simultaneously provide an explanation of the following while administering the ultrasound (Sec. 1):
    • A description of what the ultrasound is depicting, including the presence and location of a fetus;
    • A medical description of the images, including the dimensions of the embryo or fetus; and
    • A description of any visible external members and internal organs. 
  • Requires the physician to display the imagines so that the woman seeking the abortion may view them (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that nothing in this bill prevents the woman seeking the abortion from refusing to look at the displayed images (Sec. 1).  
  • Specifies that neither the physician nor the woman seeking the abortion will incur a penalty if the woman chooses to avert her eyes from the ultrasound image (Sec. 1).
  • Establishes the following fines for a physician in violation of this bill (Sec. 2):
    • Up to $100,000 for the first offense; or
    • Up to $250,000 for each subsequent offense.
  • Requires the court presiding over a physician’s violation of this bill to report the violation to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure for any action and discipline the board deems appropriate (Sec. 2). 
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Requires an Ultrasound Prior to an Abortion


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