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Tennessee Forced Ultrasound Law (HB 984)

This law was last updated on Sep 26, 2014




HB 984


Failed to Pass


Jan 31, 2013


Co-sponsors: 46
Primary Sponsors: 1
s: 1
Total Sponsors: 48


Forced Ultrasound

Full Bill Text

HB 984 would have required an ultrasound be performed between 24 and 72 hours before the abortion. The bill would not have forced a woman to view the ultrasound, but would have forced her to hear about it.

Specifically, the bill would have required that a qualified medical professional trained in sonography and working under the supervision of a licensed physician do the following between 24 and 72 hours before an abortion and before any sedative or anesthetic is administered to the pregnant woman:

  1. Perform a live, real-time fetal transabdominal ultrasound on the pregnant woman for the purpose of determining gestational age;
  2. Display the ultrasound images so that the pregnant woman may view them;
  3. Verbally offer the woman undergoing the ultrasound an opportunity to view the ultrasound image and receive a printed copy of the ultrasound image; or if the woman refuses to view the ultrasound image, provide a simultaneous verbal explanation of the results of the ultrasound including a medical description of the dimensions of the embryo or fetus, the presence of cardiac activity, and the presence of arms, legs, external members and internal organs, and provide a copy of the ultrasound image to the woman; and
  4. Make audible the live, real-time heart auscultation, when present, for the pregnant woman to hear and provide a simultaneous verbal explanation of the live, real-time heart auscultation.

The bill would have prohibited an abortion provider from accepting any payment for an abortion or related services other than payment for the ultrasound.

The bill would not have required an abortion provider to perform an ultrasound on a pregnant woman when an abortion is to be performed because of a medical emergency or spontaneous miscarriage.

The abortion provider would have been required to obtain a written statement from the pregnant woman certifying that an ultrasound was performed; that the woman received a verbal offer to view the ultrasound image; a printed copy of the ultrasound image; a simultaneous verbal explanation; and an audible real-time heart auscultation of the fetus.


Companion bill to SB 632.