Rhode Island Considers Mandatory Ultrasounds

The push for mandatory forced ultrasounds prior to an abortion hasn’t subsided, even if media attention around the bills have.

Just yesterday lawmakers in Rhode Island considered a mandatory ultrasound bill similar to one that failed in the state’s General Assembly last year. And while supporters acknowledge that their prospects for passage are slim, just like in Iowa, it’s not stopping them from pushing the bill.

Under the proposed measure abortion providers would be required to perform a fetal ultrasound and explain the images to the woman prior to performing the abortion. Women would not be required to view the images, but those providers who failed to give women a chance to see the images would risk fines of up to $100,000.

Planned Parenthood already performs ultrasounds prior to abortions and shows the images to patients who want to see them, according to Susan Lloyd Yolen, vice president of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. But she said it should be up to medical professionals to set medical procedures.
“We oppose any legislation that would allow politicians, not doctors, to determine the protocols for any medical procedure,” she said.

Unlike measures in some other states, this bill is being sponsored by a Democrat. And it’s not the only abortion bill being debated in the state. The House Judiciary Committee also reviewed eight other abortion-related bills on Wednesday. One would outlaw abortion as a means of gender selection. Another would create new crimes and penalties for assaulting or killing a fetus during an attack on a pregnant woman.

None of the bills has been scheduled for a vote.

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Photo from jimbowen0306 via flickr.


Tom Tree
Tom T5 years ago

What?!!!!! Why ???

Glenn M.
Glenn Meyer5 years ago

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Tony C.
Tony C5 years ago

If more women don't realize that their rights are speedily being taken away by the narrow minded politicians and don't act by voting them out of office, there will come a day when they will ask themselves, what happened to my rights?? By that time it will be too late. The future of women who have to put up with all this injustice of being attacked on contraception, abortion, and closing the Planned Parenthood offices which have helped with cancer screenings, pregnancies and many others is leading them down the path to second class citizenship. Women have so much power but they don't realize it, and if they do they don't use it. If women went on strike in the kitchen and the bedroom I believe things would change quickly and for the better. Look at the voting records of all the politicians and use the Power of your VOTE and remove any politician of ANY party that tries to take away your rights.

KS Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Jennifer Walsh
Jennifer Walsh5 years ago

thats horrible!

Lynda Duke
Lynda Duke5 years ago

So Rhode Island legislators enjoy Rape with an ultrasound device? Do you guys get off on that stuff???? Porn wasn't enough for you, you have to rape too?

Charles P.
Charles P5 years ago

The party of freedom, the repupgnants, want you to give up your freedom. Why is they seem intent on growing government in a more restrictive way for populace while the rich get less and less restrictions?

Debra G.
Debra D5 years ago

What?!!!!! I live in RI, but this is the first I hear of this. What ELSE are they shoving under the rug?

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

Get out of my womb!!!

Nancy Crouse
Nancy Crouse5 years ago

Again I ask, what the heck is in your water?