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Jim Wayne

Abortion-related bill shows strength in the Kentucky House

Legislation pushed by abortion opponents showed signs of strength Wednesday in the Kentucky House, where the top Republican revealed a strategy aimed at forcing an eventual vote on its passage.

In a procedural move, House members voted to give the bill its first reading. The measure would require women to have a face-to-face meeting with a medical professional at least 24 hours before having an abortion.

House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover said the 72-11 vote in support of his motion was a strong signal to House Democratic leaders that rank-and-file members want action on the bill this year.

"We want an expedited vote on this bill, to get it done,"...