Gov. Matt Bevin signs informed consent law for abortions as soon as he gets it
FRANKFORT, Ky. — It was quick, albeit unorthodox, when Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed an abortion-related bill into law Tuesday after a delegation of lawmakers presented it to him in his Capitol office.
The measure updates the state’s informed consent law requiring women seeking abortions be told of medical risks and benefits at least 24 hours beforehand. The bill’s supporters say some doctors circumvented the requirement by having patients listen to a recorded message on the phone with no interaction.
The bill gives patients and doctors the option of consultations in person or through real-time video.
It won final legislative passage Monday, representing a rare compromise on abortion legislation in Kentucky’s politically divided legislature. Then in an unusual move, the Senate took a break from its business Tuesday to allow several lawmakers to accompany the bill’s delivery to the governor’s office. Bevin emerged from his inner office a few minutes later to greet the legislators.
"This is an extraordinary day," Bevin said in signing his first bill into law since taking office. (AP / ABC)