TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Two pregnant women were given an ultrasound at the Kansas Statehouse Wednesday afternoon.
Members of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee watched the procedures during their meeting. Chairperson Mary Pilcher Cook, R-Shawnee, arranged the demonstration to show what a woman who chooses an abortion might see on an ultrasound beforehand.
The event fell on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.
One of the women, Amanda Kennedy, was reportedly 12 weeks pregnant. Kennedy said she was excited to have the opportunity to see her baby and hear it's heartbeat.
Critics called the ultrasounds a cheap stunt and inappropriate for the setting.
Pilcher-Cook also is proposing a measure to ban surrogacy contracts.