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Bill to require women seeking abortions to get an ultrasound (but would allow them to "avert their eyes") barely fails
The bill would've required doctors performing abortions, under threat of a criminal conviction, to do an ultrasound. They would've been required to show the ultrasound to the woman seeking an abortion, again under threat of criminal prosecution. Language was inserted giving women the right, without fear of prosecution, to "avert their eyes" from the ultrasound.
One legislator called this "science fiction legislation." It was something straight out of Margaret Atwood's "Handmaid's Tale."
The bill failed in the House by a 53-47 vote. Several Republicans voted against it because it violated their pledge that the government should not be in the business of requiring medical procedures.
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