February 28, 2003



DIGEST OF SB 173 (Updated February 26, 2003 3:42 PM - DI 104)

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.

Young R Michael, Drozda

    January 7, 2003, read first time and referred to Committee on Health and Provider Services.
    February 27, 2003, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.

February 28, 2003

First Regular Session 113th General Assembly (2003)

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    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning health.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

    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.

SB 173_LS 6446/DI 104


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