- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014
Ky. Senate passes abortion bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to require doctors to perform ultrasounds prior to abortions and to describe what is seen to the pregnant women.

Doctors failing to comply would face fines of up to $100,000 for a first offense and up to $250,000 for subsequent violations. The requirement would be added to Kentucky’s existing informed-consent law.

“It’s a life,” said Republican Sen. Whitney Westerfield of Hopkinsville, the bill’s lead sponsor. “And if ever we’re going to have all the information to make that best decision, this is the time to do that.”

Sen. Reginald Thomas, D-Lexington, said the bill reflected a “Scarlet Letter mentality” toward women.

“We don’t have to have face-to-face meetings, we don’t have to have ultrasounds … to understand what it means to be pregnant,” he said. “And what this bill does is try to deny a woman’s constitutional right to have control over her own health-care decisions.”

Senators voted 33-5 to send the measure to the House, where similar proposals have died in past years.


Ky. man charged with murder in 2007 death

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A certified medical technician has been charged with murder in the death of a nursing home patient who died of an insulin overdose almost seven years ago.

A Jefferson County grand jury on Wednesday handed up an indictment of 34-year-old David Satterfield. Police say Satterfield called investigators on Monday saying he wanted to admit to giving the fatal injection to 86-year-old Marcelline Katherine Sommer Vale in July 2007.

A judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf during an initial appearance on Tuesday. He is being held in the Louisville jail on $50,000 cash bond. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman.

Detectives are now combing through Satterfield’s past in Kentucky, Tennessee and Florida to see if there are any other similar incidents.


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