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HB16-1218: A Woman’s Right To Accurate Health Care Information

Reproductive Freedom | Women’s Rights
Bill Number: HB16-1218
Year: 2016
ACLU Position: Oppose
Sponsors: L. Saine / T. Neville


The bill ensures that women are fully and accurately informed
about their personal medical conditions regarding their pregnancies and
health care options. Current medical procedures already use ultrasound
technology to provide information regarding the gestational age of child
in utero. The bill ensures that women have the opportunity to see or
forego the opportunity to see the ultrasound. The bill allows women the
opportunity to find a provider of ultrasound technology that will provide
the service free of charge. The bill requires that a woman provide
voluntary and informed consent to an abortion. The bill describes the
information that constitutes voluntary and informed consent that the
physician performing the abortion provides to the woman. The bill
requires the abortion provider to provide certain information to the
woman at least 24 hours prior to performing an abortion.
The bill creates a civil right of action for noncompliance with the
requirements, making a physician’s noncompliance with the requirements
unprofessional conduct and a violation of the requirements a crime.

Current Status:

House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Postpone Indefinitely (04/21/2016)

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