This bill would require abortion providers to perform an ultrasound on a pregnant woman prior to performing an abortion. The provider would be required to explain what the ultrasound depicts, give the woman a complete medical description of the embryo or fetus, any heart activity, and any external members or internal organs that are visible.
This legislation could not be interpreted in a way that requires a woman to view the images, or punish the provider or the woman if she declines to look at the images.
An abortion provider would be exempt from this requirement if the abortion is necessary to save the life of a woman whose life is in danger. The provider would be required to include a certification of the specific medical emergency that led to that determination in the woman’s medical file.
The Attorney General would be authorized to commence a civil action in federal court against any abortion provider that knowingly violates this legislation, assess penalties, and inform state medical authorities of penalties assessed. A woman who received an abortion that was performed in violation of this legislation would be authorized to file a civil action against the provider for actual and punitive damages.