RI House panel to hear abortion-related bills
Rhode Island lawmakers are taking a look at legislation that would require abortion providers to show a woman an ultrasound of the fetus before performing the procedure.
The measure is one of several abortion-related bills scheduled to be reviewed Tuesday at the Statehouse by the House Judiciary Committee.
The bill, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Karen MacBeth of Cumberland, would not force a woman to view the ultrasound.
Physicians who violate the ultrasound rule would face a fine of $100,000 for the first offense and $250,000 for subsequent offense.
Other bills up for review include a resolution that would recognize a fetus as a human life once it has a heartbeat, and a bill that would outlaw abortion as a means of gender selection.