Wednesday, January 25, 2012

CD6: Rep. Roscoe Bartlett Co-Sponsors Law Requiring Ultrasound Before Abortion // Women Allowed to Look Away

UPDATE: Maryland Juice is recruiting theories -- how will the issue of choice/abortion play in Maryland's 6th Congressional District? So far, seeking comments.

Maryland Juice just noticed that 6th District Congressman Roscoe Bartlett is co-sponsoring an interesting new legislative proposal in Congress. Mr. Bartlett (along with Rep. Michele Bachmann) has signed onto Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan's efforts to require ultrasounds for women seeking abortions.

Even though Rep. Bartlett feels comfortable telling women and doctors what medical procedures they should employ, he allows them to exercise their free will to "turn eyes away." See excerpts below:

H.R.3805 -- Ultrasound Informed Consent Act

To ensure that women seeking an abortion receive an ultrasound and the opportunity to review the ultrasound before giving informed consent to receive an abortion.

January 23, 2012

Mr. JORDAN (for himself, Mr. AKIN, Mr. AUSTRIA, Mrs. BACHMANN, Mr. BARTLETT, Mrs. BLACK, Mrs. BLACKBURN, Mr. BOUSTANY, Mr. BRADY of Texas, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. CALVERT, Mr. CANSECO, Mr. DUNCAN of South Carolina, Mr. DUNCAN of Tennessee, Mr. FLORES, Mr. FORBES, Mr. FRANKS of Arizona, Mr. GARRETT, Mr. HALL, Mr. HERGER, Mr. HUIZENGA of Michigan, Mr. HULTGREN, Mr. JOHNSON of Ohio, Mr. JONES, Mr. KELLY, Mr. KING of Iowa, Mr. KLINE, Mr. LIPINSKI, Mr. LONG, Mr. MANZULLO, Mr. MARCHANT, Mr. MCCOTTER, Mr. MURPHY of Pennsylvania, Mr. NEUGEBAUER, Mr. NUNNELEE, Mr. ROE of Tennessee, Mr. ROGERS of Alabama, Mr. ROSS of Florida, Mrs. SCHMIDT, Mr. SMITH of New Jersey, Mr. SOUTHERLAND, Mr. WESTMORELAND, Mr. HUELSKAMP, Mr. FLEMING, and Mr. MILLER of Florida) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

`(b) Performance and Review of Ultrasound- Prior to a woman giving informed consent to having any part of an abortion performed, the abortion provider who is to perform the abortion, or an agent under the supervision of the provider, shall--
`(1) perform an obstetric ultrasound on the pregnant woman;
`(2) provide a simultaneous explanation of what the ultrasound is depicting;
`(3) display the ultrasound images so that the pregnant woman may view them; and
`(4) provide a complete medical description of the ultrasound images, which shall include all of the following: the dimensions of the embryo or fetus, cardiac activity if present and visible, and the presence of external members and internal organs if present and viewable.

`(c) Ability To Turn Eyes Away- Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent a pregnant woman from turning her eyes away...

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