House Committee Kills Ultrasound Bill

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A baby in the womb at 17 weeks

Senate Bill 9, the Ultrasound/Informed Consent bill, went down to defeat in the Kentucky House Health and Welfare Committee today. This marks the seventh year in a row that similar measures to give a woman considering an abortion the opportunity to see an ultrasound of her developing baby before making a final decision have been prevented from receiving a fair hearing on the House floor by pro-abortion House leaders.

For the last few years, this and other pro-life measures have been sent to the Health and Welfare Committee specifically because it has been stacked with pro-abortion lawmakers in order to ensure that any pro-life legislation fails without reaching the House floor. Senate Bill 9 passed overwhelmingly in the Kentucky Senate this year and a poll of lawmakers conducted by the Family Foundation of Kentucky shows the measure would also pass the full House overwhelmingly if it were ever presented for a vote.

Thursday’s 9-7 vote came after more than a week of political wrangling between Health and Welfare Committee Chairman Tom Burch, D-Louisville, and pro-life legislators, Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown; Joe Fischer, R-Fort Thomas; and Rep. Tim Moore, R-Elizabethtown. After the committee killed four other pro-life bills last week, Burch became frustrated when pro-life legislators began proposing amendments to other bills supported by Burch in an effort to revive the ideas in the legislation that had been killed. Knowing that the pro-life amendments would receive support in the full House, Burch instead called on House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, to send those bills back to his committee as he would rather see the legislation die than take a chance that a pro-life bill might receive a hearing and vote.

Click here to read the story about the bill’s defeat in the Louisville Courier-Journal.

The failure of all of these bills to receive the hearing they deserve by the full House certainly does not speak well for the way our legislative system is being used. It seems that legislators on both sides of this issue need to sit down and discuss ways to allow the  voices of the  people to be heard on pro-life legislation. To this point they certainly have not been.

In the meantime, Right to Life of Louisville estimates that 338 children died by abortion in January of this year at the abortion clinic in Louisville. (The estimate is based on the organization’s count of women entering the clinic.)

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