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Rhode Island Forced Ultrasound Bill (H 5648)

This law was last updated on Apr 8, 2015

This law is Anti–Choice


Rhode Island


H 5648


Failed to Pass


Feb 26, 2015


Primary Sponsors: 5
Total Sponsors: 5


Forced Ultrasound, Informed Consent

Full Bill Text

H 5648 would amend current legislation regarding informed consent to require physicians to perform an obstetric ultrasound on a pregnant woman prior to a woman giving informing consent to have an abortion performed.

H 5648 would require physicians to:

  • Perform an obstetric ultrasound;
  • Offer an explanation of the results;
  • Display the ultrasound images so the woman may view them;
  • Provide a medical description of the images, including the dimensions of the embryo or fetus and the presence of external members and internal organs; and
  • Provide an opportunity for the woman to refuse to consent to the abortion.

Any physician who knowingly violates this provision would face a civil penalty up to $100,000 for the first offense and up to $250,000 for any subsequent offense.