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Doctor reverses position; votes to kill informed consent bill, Senate Bill 401 Mar

Duplicity and deceit prevailed again in the House Health and Welfare Committee meeting on Feb. 28. State Representative Tom Burch, the chair, is a pro-choice abortion supporter who has blocked all efforts to pass a reasonable bill to require that patients considering abortion receive good medical care through a face-to-face meeting with a medical professional to discuss the procedure and all its implications.

When the agenda for the Feb. 28 meeting was issued the day before, Senate Bill 4 was listed there, but for discussion only, no vote. The same was true for 5 other bills dealing with various issues related to abortion.

State Rep. David Watkins

On the morning of the meeting, CCK began to hear that there would be a vote now, and so we approached Dr. David Watkins, a member of the committee and State Representative from Henderson, KY. On March 22, 2012 Dr. Watkins had voted YES for last year’s informed consent bill. To view that meeting and his vote click here. Earlier in this session he committed to a YES vote on Senate Bill 4. But when asked last week, after Chairman Burch announced that he would hear these bills, he did not give a firm answer. On Thursday morning, the day of the vote, he told CCK he was undecided.

At the meeting Chairman Burch suddenly announced in a mocking fashion that the Holy Spirit had moved him and now he would give Senate Bill 4 a vote during the meeting. When it came time for the vote, Dr. Watkins chose to support Chairman Burch and the other 6 abortion supporters on the committee and voted NO, stopping once again the opportunity for women to receive the quality medical care they deserve when faced with a life-threatening decision.

Photo: courtesy Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

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