97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2011 and 2012
Introduced , by Rep. Brandon W. Phelps
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 6 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, at least one hour 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
Department of Public Health shall prepare and make available a reporting
form, to be submitted by each abortion facility to the Department annually.
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.
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AN ACT concerning ultrasounds.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Ultrasound Opportunity Act.
Legislative findings and purpose.
(a) The General Assembly finds as follows:
(1) Ultrasound requirements serve an essential medical
purpose in confirming the presence, location, and
gestational age of a pregnancy.
(2) Ultrasound requirements also serve an essential
medical purpose in diagnosing ectopic pregnancies which,
if left undiagnosed, can result in infertility or even
fatal blood loss.
(3) Furthermore, it is critical to the psychological
and physical well-being of a woman considering an abortion
that she receive complete and accurate information on the
reality and status of her pregnancy and of her unborn
(4) The decision to abort "is an important, and often a
stressful one, and it is desirable and imperative that it
be made with full knowledge of its nature and
consequences". Planned Parenthood v. Danforth, 428 U.S.