Missouri Forced Ultrasound Bill of 2014 (HB 1148)
This law was last updated on Apr 20, 2014
HB 1148 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 is 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. 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 had 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.
A victim of rape or incest would be exempt from these provisions if the victim had reported the crime to the proper law enforcement authority.
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.
Referred to Health Care Policy Committee.
Identical to HB 1379.