Kentucky House Votes To Amend Informed Consent Law

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky House has voted to amend the state’s informed consent law to allow real-time video consultations between doctors and women at least 24 hours before an abortion.

The version passing the House on Thursday evening incorporates telemedicine into the politically charged issue. It offers the option of either face-to-face meetings in person or by video.

Kentucky law has required women to meet with a doctor since 1998 before an abortion. But since then, many doctors have discussed the procedure with women on the phone.

The House version would do away with the phone-call option.

The Republican-led Senate wants to require patients to meet with doctors in person at least 24 hours before an abortion. That version passed the Senate by a wide margin.