State lawmaker to file bill requiring ultrasound before abortions

Friday, December 16th 2005, 6:17 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Legislation that would require abortion clinics to offer ultrasound scans to women seeking an abortion is being drafted by a state lawmaker.

The "Unborn Child Ultrasound Imaging Act" by Representative Kevin Calvey would require abortion clinics to provide women the chance to view an ultrasound 24 hours prior to an abortion.

Ultrasound procedures depict a continuous picture of a fetus on a monitor screen. The Indiana Legislature recently passed similar legislation as part of that state's informed consent requirements.

Anita Fream, chief executive officer at Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma, says the measure will add an extra expense and one more barrier to access for women seeking abortion services.