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Rhode Island Informed Consent for Abortion Bill (H 7303)

This law was last updated on Jan 4, 2016

This law is Anti–Choice


Rhode Island


H 7303


Failed to Pass


Jan 30, 2014


Primary Sponsors: 5
Total Sponsors: 5


Forced Ultrasound, Informed Consent

Full Bill Text

H 7303 would expand the state’s current informed consent laws by requiring physicians to perform an obstetric ultrasound on the pregnant woman prior to an abortion.

Under H 7303, a physician or certifed technician working in conjunction with the physician would bre required to:

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

A physician that fails to do so may be imposed a civil penalty up to $100,000 for the first offense and up to $250,000 for the second and each subsequent offense.