Several state legislatures want to pass new requirements for women undergoing abortions, including mandating medical technicians perform an ultrasound and announce the fetus' sex before the procedure.
State Rep. Daniel Reilly (Republican- District 72, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth) recently co-sponsored legislation H-7205, which is titled "Relating to Health and Safety - Informed Consent for Abortion."
The bill requires the following, which is taken verbatim from the bill:
(c) In addition, prior to a woman giving informed consent to having any part of an 3 abortion performed, the physician who is to perform the abortion, or certified technician working 4 in conjunction with the physician, shall:5 (1) Perform an obstetric ultrasound on the pregnant woman;6 (2) Provide an explanation of the results of the ultrasound; 7 (3) Display the ultrasound images so that the pregnant woman may view them; and8 (4) Provide a medical description of the ultrasound images, which shall include the 9 dimensions of the embryo or fetus and the presence of external members and internal organs, if 10 present and viewable.11
The bill requires a complete description of the ultrasound, including revealing the fetus' sex or "external members and internal organs if present and viewable."
There is no requirement for the woman to view the ultrasound, according to the pending legislation. However, if a physician violates a provision of the chapter, the doctor could be subject to a civil penalty of $100,000 for the first offense and up to $250,000 for any subsequent offenses.
The bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee, according to local blog Hard Deadlines.