Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

As the Kentucky legislature begins, three pro-life bills have been filed, signaling the pro-life caucus' intent to see real progress on this front. There has been no pro-life legislation come out of the Democratically-controlled House for nine years, due in large part to the liberal-loaded Health and Welfare Committee, chaired by pro-abortion Tom Burch. Meanwhile, the Republican-controlled Senate has been a champion for the pro-life cuase. Here's information on the bills:

Senate Bill 3: "Informed Consent"—this bill requires face-to-face consultation for a woman seeking an abortion with her doctor, or a suitable professional delegated by the doctor prior to the abortion itself.

Senate Bill 8: "The Ultrasound Billl"—this bill requires a woman seeking an abortion to be given access to an ultrasound prior to the abortion, making sure that the woman seeking the abortion is fully aware of the size and development of her unborn child.

Senate Bill 57: "The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act"—This bill requires determining the unborn child’s age prior to performing an abortion, and prohibits an abortion after 20 weeks of fetal development except in cases of emergency.

House Bill 184: A companion bill to the the informed consent and ultrasound legislation like that in the Senate. What's notable about this bill is that it is a pro-life bill originating in the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives.