Abortion ultrasound bill set for hearing

Bill would require women see physician for ultrasound before abortion

A Republican-backed bill that would require a woman seeking an abortion in Wisconsin to see her unborn child via ultrasound is scheduled for a hearing Wednesday.

Under the legislation from Sen. Mary Lazich, physicians would have to arrange for an ultrasound before performing an abortion and provide a thorough description of the image and visible features of the fetus. Physicians would have to inform the mother about the procedure at least 24 hours before the abortion.

Several states started adopting ultrasound requirements as part of their abortion service laws since the mid-1990s.

Twelve states require relevant verbal counseling or written materials to include access information for ultrasound services. Twenty-one other states have regulatory ultrasound provisions — of varying degrees — mandated for abortion providers.