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HB 251 - Requires Ultrasound Prior to Abortion - Key Vote

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Owen Petersen voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Bill Failed With Amendment (Senate) (14-15) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (34-25) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires Ultrasound Prior to Abortion

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires a physician or a qualified person to provide certain information to an abortion patient before the abortion is performed.

Highlights:
  • Requires that at least 24 hours prior to an abortion, a physician or a qualified person assisting the physician shall (Sec. 1):
    • Inform the pregnant woman of the medical and psychological risks of abortion, as well as the risks of pregnancy and childbirth;
    • Inform the woman that she has a right to view an ultrasound;
    • Direct the woman to available counseling and other resources; and
    • Discuss birth control options to prevent unintended pregnancy including availability, risks and efficacy.
  • Exempts abortions performed for the following reasons from the provisions of this act (Sec. 1):
    • Abortion is necessary to save the life or preserve the health of the mother;
    • The pregnancy is the result of incest or sexual assault; or
    • To remove a nonviable fetus or an ectopic pregnancy.
  • Specifies that if disclosures are required, a signed statement obtained by the physician from the pregnant woman acknowledging that she was provided the required information shall be treated as a confidential medical document (Sec. 1).
  • This act is effective July 1, 2011 (Sec. 3).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Requires Ultrasound Prior to Abortion

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