99TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2015 and 2016
Introduced , by Rep. Barbara Wheeler
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.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning public health.
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.