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Newport Rep Sponsors Bill Requiring Ultrasounds for Abortions

State Rep. Dan Reilly is co-sponsoring a bill, which if passed, would require an ultrasound and revealing the fetus' sex before any abortion procedure.

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. 

Co-sponsors of the bill also include Karen MacBethJames McLaughlinArthur Corvese andGregory Schadone

The bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee, according to local blog Hard Deadlines

bimbels March 16, 2012 at 03:35 PM
What I would like to know is where Governor Chafee stands on the topic of this legislation.
Zachary Nault March 19, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I'm not sure what the problem with informing the patient further of the procedure is? The rallying cry of the pro-abortion side is choice, choice should be fertilized by knowledge. The informed consent bills as well as the fetal ultrasound bill are attempting to do just that, give the patient all of the information available before she makes an irreversible decision. Additionally, the obstetric ultrasounds to which the pro-abortion side refers to as rape are done regularly anyway, it is a necessary and crucial part of the abortion process to determine pregnancy length and how to go about extracting the baby. The only difference that this is trying to propose is viewing the screens and having a coherent dialogue between the doctor and patient concerning the realities of the situation.
Matt Borges April 12, 2012 at 05:40 PM
To each their own...
Susie S April 12, 2012 at 07:10 PM
i think your last sentence was a misstatement if i am reading it correctly (?). i just think that the issue being commented on doesn't have to do with his parents' tax situation, and that issue should be discussed in another forum. if this were a bill about taxes and evasion, then it would be relevant. just my opinion and i am sure we will disagree!
anne April 14, 2012 at 01:33 AM
I encourage Mr. Reilly to seek similar protection and disclosure for men's health. Men need legislation to ensure they are properly screened when they are seeking treatment for erectile disfunction. I would support legislation that requires every man who seeks viagra to receive a thorough rectal exam. The exam should be filmed and offered to view. Doctors can't be trusted; they need to be legislated and regulated. Speaking of which, as a taxpayer, I do hope I'm not paying for a man's erectile disfunction medication unless he is actively trying to conceive... otherwise, that would be as bad as paying for birth control, right?

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