Missouri Forced Ultrasound Bill of 2013 (SB 393)
This law was last updated on Apr 25, 2014
HB 298 would have amended Missouri’s informed consent law (Mo. Rev. Stat. § 188.027) to require a physician to perform an ultrasound and review it with the woman, and allow the woman to hear the fetal heartbeat, if it was audible, at least 24 hours prior to an abortion. Current law requires only that a physician provide a woman with the opportunity to view an ultrasound and hear the fetal heartbeat.
If an ultrasound could not be conducted at the abortion facility, the bill required a woman seeking an abortion to be provided with a geographically indexed list of health care providers, facilities, and clinics that perform ultrasounds, including those that offer the services free of charge. She would have had to submit verification from the provider, facility, or clinic that conducted the ultrasound specifying the time and date the ultrasound was conducted, that it was reviewed with the woman, and that she was allowed to view the ultrasound images and hear the heartbeat of the unborn child if the heartbeat was audible. When reviewing the ultrasound with the woman, there would have had to be a verbal description of all relevant features of the ultrasound and audible heartbeat if present. She would also have had to be given a copy of the ultrasound image.
An abortion would not be permitted until the woman obtaining the abortion certified in writing that an ultrasound has been conducted and reviewed with her, allowing her to view an image of the unborn child and hear the heartbeat if the heartbeat was audible.
Unlike other forced ultrasound bills (like Texas HB 15) this bill did not specifically state that a woman may refuse to view the ultrasound images.
This bill does not contain an exception for rape or incest, unlike HB 1379 (2014).
Companion bill to HB 298.