Tennessee Forced Ultrasound Bill (SB 775)
This law was last updated on Jun 29, 2016
SB 775 would require a physician to perform an obstetric ultrasound between 24 to 72 hours prior to a woman giving her informed consent to have an abortion.
The bill states that the physician must give the woman a detailed description of the fetus and provide medical descriptions of the ultrasound images. The bill further states that the doctor would be required to display the images so the woman can see them, but that she would not be required to actually look. The patient would still have to sit and listen to the descriptions of the images. In addition, the physician would be required to make audible the fetal heartbeat and provide a simultaneous verbal explanation of the fetal heartbeat.
During a visit to fulfill these requirements, the abortion provider and any person at the facility would be prohibited from accepting any payment or making any financial agreement for an abortion or abortion-related services other than for payment of the ultrasound.
Also, during such a visit, the abortion provider must obtain from the pregnant woman on whom the ultrasound was performed, a written statement with her signature, and the signature of the qualified medical professional who performed the ultrasound, certifying that the woman received the required imaging, verbal offers to view the imaging, printed copies of the imaging, simultaneous explanation of the results, if applicable, and audible fetal heartbeat. The bill states that a printed copy of the ultrasound image and a copy of the signed written statement must be maintained in the woman’s medical record at the facility where the abortion is to be performed for seven years.
Companion bill to HB 2.