Delaware lawmakers create bill to require doctors to offer sonograms before abortions
Delaware lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require doctors to offer sonograms to women before having an abortion. Officials say a study showed that 78% of women who wanted to have an abortion, who see an ultrasound of their unborn baby before terminating their pregnancy end up choosing life. Under the proposed legislation, the patient would be free to choose not to view the ultrasound, but if a physician fails to comply with the requirement they may be subject to civil and criminal penalties.
"The woman does not have do it if she so desires. When women go in to have an abortion specially to have an abortion 78 percent of them who do view the child moving inside the ultrasound and hear the heartbeat will decide to keep the child," said Delaware Senator Bryant Richardson.
The bill is still in it's early stages and Richardson says the legislation is awaiting consideration from the Sunset Committee in the Delaware State Senate.