Free Lance-Star reporter Chelyen Davis covers Virginia government.
Cole wants to require ultrasound before abortion
Del. Mark Cole, R-Spotsylvania, has filed a bill that would require every pregnant woman seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound at least 48 hours before the abortion.
Here’s the new language Cole proposes:
B. Except in the case of a medical emergency, at least 48 hours before the performance of an abortion, a licensed physician or a qualified medical professional working under the direct supervision of a licensed physician shall perform a limited ultrasound examination on the patient undergoing the abortion to confirm the presence of a viable intrauterine pregnancy. Once the physician or medical professional determines whether such pregnancy exists, a print of the ultrasound image shall be made and a copy of the print, along with documentation of the physician or medical professional’s determination as to the viability of the pregnancy, shall be maintained in the woman’s medical record.
The bill doesn’t seem to require the woman to view the ultrasound, as is done in a handful of states with ultrasound requirements.
The bill can be viewed here: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?121+sum+HB261
The General Assembly session starts tomorrow.