The Kentucky state Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee advanced a bill on Feb. 11 that would force doctors to perform an ultrasound and describe the fetus image to women who want a legal abortion.
Senate Bill 152 now goes to the state Senate where it has previously passed, and will likely do so again. However, the state House has blocked previous similar bills, notes The Courier-Journal.
Republican state Sen. Whitney Westerfield sponsored the bill, which would force a women seeking abortions to look at the ultrasound beforehand.
Doctors who do not follow the proposed law would face a $100,000 fine for the first time they violate it, and $250,000 for each added offense.
According to Derek Selznick, Reproductive Freedom Project Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, a similar bill was passed in North Carolina, but was shot down by the federal courts in 2015.
“This bill really interferes with the doctor-patient relationship by allowing politicians to determine medical practices over the wishes of the provider and patient,” Tamarra Wieder, of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, told RH Reality Check.
“It also creates complications and barriers for providers," Wieder added. "A lot of providers are only in the clinic for one day a week or two days a week for the procedure, not ultrasounds.”