Citations Affected: IC 16-34.
Synopsis: Abortion requirements. Requires a health care provider to
provide a pregnant woman with information regarding the availability
of ultrasound imaging and auscultation of heart tones of a fetus before
performing an abortion on the pregnant woman.
Effective: July 1, 2003.
January 7, 2003, read first time and referred to Committee on Health and Provider
February 27, 2003, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
SECTION 1. IC 16-34-2-1.3 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE
AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY
1, 2003]: Sec. 1.3. (a) In addition to the information that must be
provided under section 1.1 of this chapter in order for consent to
be voluntary and informed, at least eighteen (18) hours before the
abortion, the pregnant woman must be orally informed of the
following by any of the health care providers described in section
1.1(1) of this chapter:
(1) The availability of fetal ultrasound imaging and auscultation of fetal heart tone services to enable the pregnant woman to view the image and hear the heartbeat of the fetus.
(2) How to access the services described in subdivision (1).
(b) Before the abortion is performed, the pregnant woman:
(1) may view the fetal ultrasound imaging and hear the auscultation of the fetal heart tone; and
(2) must certify in writing that the information required by subsection (a) has been provided.