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Alabama Bill Amending Woman’s Right to Know Act to Increase Waiting Period (HB 489)

This law was last updated on Jan 5, 2018

This law is Anti–Choice




HB 489




Feb 13, 2014


Co-sponsors: 29
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 30


Forced Ultrasound, Informed Consent, Waiting Periods and Forced Counseling

Full Bill Text

HB 489 amends the Woman’s Right to Know Act and increases the waiting period before abortion from 24 hours to 48 hours.

The Woman’s Right to Know Act, passed in 2002, prohibits a doctor from performing an abortion without the voluntary informed consent of the woman, except in cases of medical emergency.

The Act requires a physician to provide a pregnant woman with a copy of state-mandated printed materials which list agencies that offer assistance, adoption agencies, development of the unborn child, methods and risks of abortion and childbirth, father’s obligations, and alternatives to abortion.

The information must be provided in person or by return receipt certified mail at least 48 hours before the abortion.

The Act also requires that doctors must inform the woman of the name of the doctor who will perform the abortion, the medical risks associated with the procedure, the probable gestational age of the fetus at the time the abortion is to be performed, and the probable anatomical and physiological characteristics of the fetus at the time the abortion is to be performed.

If the fetus is is viable or has reached a gestation age of 19 weeks, the physician must inform the woman that the fetus may be able to survive outside of the womb, that the woman has the right to choose the method of abortion that is likely to preserve the life of the fetus. If the fetus is born alive, the physician must take all reasonable steps to to maintain the life and health of the child.

The Woman’s Right to Know Act also requires the physician to perform an ultrasound. The woman has a right to view the ultrasound and must sign a form stating whether she viewed it or not.

The woman must sign a form stating that she received all the required information and that she provides her informed consent. The physician must receive that form at least 48 hours before the abortion.


Signed into law on April 10, 2014.