By Tessa Redmond
FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Rep. Nancy Tate, R-Brandenburg, said abortion is “one of the realities we need to address in our Commonwealth of Kentucky” during her presentation of a bill pro-life omnibus in front of a legislative panel Wednesday.
The Interim Joint Committee on Veterans Affairs, Military Affairs and Public Protection heard a discussion on the Humanity in Health Care Act, a bill that could be considered by the General Assembly during the ordinary session of 2022.
The bill would address several broad categories, including underage abortion, chemical abortions, disposal of fetal remains, public funding of termination of pregnancy, complications of abortion procedures, and medical awareness.
Former Rep. Addia Wuchner, registered nurse and current executive director of Kentucky Right to Life, called the bill “multi-faceted.”
“This bill reflects good health care (and) good medicine, in many areas,” Wuchner said.
The bill would amend the current reporting requirements of the Ministry of Public Health to facilitate more detailed and accurate monitoring of data on the distribution of abortion drugs, performing abortions on minors, disposal of leftovers. fetal and abortion-related health complications.
“The suggestion is, of course, that we add additional information for Vital Statistics (Directorate) and grant the Office of Inspector General oversight of abortion reports” so that the data can be reviewed for violations, ”Tate said.
The data would also be submitted to the Interim Joint Committee on Health, Welfare and Family Services.
As part of further efforts to monitor the occurrence of abortions in the state, Tate recommended that the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy create the Kentucky Abortion-Inducing Drug Certification Program. This would require distributors, manufacturers, and physicians to obtain program certification before handling abortion drugs.
“We are working with the Board of Pharmacy to make sure they can do this and what they should be doing to be able to provide this information,” Tate said. “Certification would also require the doctor to have admitting privileges.”
Much of the bill would also introduce new regulations for the treatment of fetal remains after an abortion, including a ban on the sale of fetal remains and the use of a birth / death certificate or birth certificate. stillbirth to report abortions after 20 weeks gestation.
Wuchner said the bill would ensure “that (fetal remains) are not treated as medical waste or medical by-products, but respectfully here in the Commonwealth.”
The Humanity in Health Care Act has yet to be tabled until the 2022 legislative session.