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Bill Requires Women Seeking Abortion to Have Face-to-Face Meeting With Medical Professional

Capitol Notes from the Kentucky legislative Research Commission via KY Forward

Senate panel approves informed consent bill: A bill that would change the informed consent process before abortion procedures passed the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Safety Committee today.

Senate Bill 3, sponsored by Sen. Sara Beth Gregory, R-Monticello, would require a woman seeking an abortion to receive information from a medical professional during an in-person, face-to-face meeting rather than over the phone before consenting to the procedure.

Gregory said the measure would allow a woman considering an abortion to have a meaningful opportunity to consider the information provided, ask questions, have those questions answered and make a fully-informed decision.

The bill passed 8-2 and now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

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Senate panel approves APRN prescriptive authority bill: A bill that would allow some Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to independently prescribe non-scheduled medicines has passed the Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee.

Senate Bill 7, sponsored by Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, and Committee Chair John Schickel, R-Union, would create a “Collaborative Agreement for APRN Prescriptive Authority for Non-Scheduled Drugs” (CAPA-NS) process between APRNs and collaborating physicians. Under the measure, APRNs who have practiced for at least four years would be allowed to prescribe non-narcotic routine medication without the CAPA-NS form.

According to Hornback, the measure will benefit medically-underserved portions of the state. “I think [the bill] will be the best thing for access to healthcare, for availability, for cost, for making sure we take care of our citizens here in Kentucky,” he said.

Other provisions in the bill would establish a six-member joint advisory committee for the CAPA-NS process. The committee could make recommendations to nursing and medical boards and assist APRNs in finding collaborating physicians to complete the CAPA-NS.

The measure now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

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