The House Judiciary Committee will review today pending legislation that, if passed into law, would require an ultrasound before a woman undergoes an abortion procedure, reports WRNI.
Several state legislatures, including State Rep. Daniel Reilly (Republican- District 72, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth), want to pass . The new requirements would include mandating medical technicians perform an ultrasound and announce the fetus' sex before the procedure.
The bill, legislation H-7205, 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.