New Kentucky bill would require women to have ultrasound, consult doctor before abortion

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Women interested in having an abortion would have to undergo an ultrasound and review the results with their doctors under a bill introduced in the General Assembly.

The bill would also fine doctors who don't comply with the law up $100,000 for a first offense and $250,000 for each subsequent offense.

State Senator Jack Westwood, who introduced the bill, said he things the bill has a good chance of passing because it will make the women more informed.

Opponents, however, say bills like the one put forth by Westwood are not designed to help a woman make an informed choice but to actively steer them away from choosing an abortion.

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