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Ky. Senate Approves Ultrasound Requirements for Women Seeking Abortion

February 9, 2015 — The Kentucky Senate on Thursday voted 31-5 to approve a measure that would require physicians to perform ultrasounds and describe the ultrasound images to women before an abortion, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.

Under the measure, physicians who do not comply with the requirements could be fined up to $100,000 for a first offense and up to $250,000 for any subsequent offenses.

The state Senate has approved similar measures in the past, but the proposals died in the Democratic-led state House (AP/Sacramento Bee, 2/5).

Derek Selznick of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky said the bill was "designed to keep Kentucky women from seeking abortions." He noted that courts have overturned similar laws in other states (Schreiner, AP/Biloxi-Gulfport Sun Herald, 2/5).