Following last week’s testimony, Idaho senators are now debating a proposed measure that would require women to take an ultrasound before having an abortion.
The measure would require doctors performing abortions to conduct an ultrasound so the woman could view the fetus and hear its heartbeat. Women could decline the ultrasound, but they’d need to complete a release form.
According to the AP, the measure would also require the Department of Health and Welfare to put together a list of places offering free ultrasounds and providing that to women considering abortions, also requiring an ultrasound during the procedure.
If the physician failed to offer the tests, it could result in a $100 civil penalty.
According to the bill’s Fiscal Note, there would be a $2,600 one-time expense to the General Fund to print revised Informed Consent Brochures.
This is the statement that would be supplied to women by physicians: