With legislature all over the country apparently beset with “forced ultrasound” fever, Kentucky state Senator Joe Bowen may have thought a perennial mandatory ultrasound proposal would have sailed through a yes vote.
He was wrong.
The House Health and Welfare Committee overwhelmingly rejected Bowen’s bill on a 9-5 vote, according to the Appleton Post Cresent, citing the need for medical decisions regarding abortions to rest between the woman and her family. Rep. Darryl Ownes explained:
“Most women, I think, probably have enough sense to know what they want to do,” Owens said. “And I think most women, if they do this, have not done it on the spur of the moment…I don’t know why we should legislatively get between a woman and her physician.”
Other anti-choice bills that did not make it to the House floor for a vote? A ban on tele-med and a “heartbeat” ban forbidding termination if the doctor can find an embryonic or fetal heartbeat.