Grace Carr – February 23, 2018
Colorado lawmakers blocked a bill Thursday that would have required physicians to inform women seeking to abort that they can conduct and view an ultrasound prior to aborting, as well as listen to the heartbeat of their unborn child.
HB18 — “A Women’s Right To Accurate Healthcare Information” — would have ensured a woman has the opportunity to see or forego seeing her ultrasound, and required women seeking to abort receive full information about the procedural elements and risks of abortion. The bill also posited that women seeking to abort and decide to have an ultrasound can choose between an abdominal or vaginal ultrasound.
Lead sponsor of the HB18, GOP Rep. Lori Saine, told committee members Thursday that the measure was not an attempt to disenfranchise women getting abortions, but rather an effort to make sure that they are fully informed regarding abortion. The bill failed however, in a 7-6 party line vote in the Health, Insurance and Environment Committee, according to the Colorado Independent.
AP – January 9, 2017
Fighting back against the Republican majority in Kentucky’s Legislature, abortion rights supporters filed a federal lawsuit Monday aimed at blocking a new state law that requires women to get an ultrasound and have the fetal images described to them before having an abortion.
The American Civil Liberties Union went to court soon after Republican Gov. Matt Bevin signed the ultrasound bill into law — one of two abortion measures put on a fast track to passage last week from the GOP-led House and Senate in the first week of the 2017 session.
The ACLU said the ultrasound law violates privacy and 1st Amendment rights by requiring abortion providers to show and describe the ultrasound images to pregnant women, even if the women avert their eyes, which is permissible. The procedure also would seek to detect the fetal heartbeat, but women could ask that the volume of the heartbeat be reduced or turned off, if audible.
The law “compels women to listen to this government-mandated speech while lying captive on the examination table,” according to the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Louisville.
Bevin called it “sound legislation” and predicted it would hold up in court.