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House Bill Would Mandate Ultrasounds Before Abortions Nationwide

House Bill Would Mandate Ultrasounds Before Abortions Nationwide

January 26, 2015 — A bill (HR 492) introduced in the House on Thursday would require a woman seeking an abortion to first undergo an ultrasound, The Hill reports (Ferris, The Hill, 1/23).

Specifically, the bill states that women have to "receive an ultrasound and the opportunity to review the ultrasound before giving informed consent to receive an abortion."

Almost half of states have passed similar legislation, but some of the measures have produced notable "political backlash," according to the Huffington Post.

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) introduced HR 492 shortly after House Republicans canceled a vote on another bill (HR 36) that would have banned abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy, after some members of their party refused to support the measure (Bassett, Huffington Post, 1/23).Instead, the House approved a bill that would restrict insurance coverage of abortion. House leaders said they would take up the 20-week bill again later. President Obama has said he would veto both measures if they were to reach his desk (Women's Health Policy Report, 1/23).