Bill Status of HB4257  97th General Assembly


Short Description:  ULTRASOUND OPPORTUNITY ACT

House Sponsors
Rep. Barbara Wheeler

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  1/8/2019HouseSession Sine Die

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
New Act


Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the Ultrasound Opportunity Act. Sets forth legislative findings and definitions. Provides that at any facility where abortions are performed, the physician who is to perform the abortion, the referring physician, or another qualified person working in conjunction with either physician shall offer any woman seeking an abortion after 8 weeks of gestation an opportunity to receive and view an active ultrasound of her unborn child by someone qualified to perform ultrasounds at the facility, or at a facility listed in a listing of local ultrasound providers provided by the facility, prior to the woman having any part of an abortion performed or induced and prior to the administration of any anesthesia or medication in preparation for the abortion. Provides that the requirements of the Act shall not apply when, in the medical judgment of the physician performing or inducing the abortion, there exists a medical emergency. Contains a severability provision. Effective immediately.

Actions 
DateChamber Action
  1/16/2018HouseFiled with the Clerk by Rep. Barbara Wheeler
  1/16/2018HouseFirst Reading
  1/16/2018HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  1/8/2019HouseSession Sine Die