Iowa House passes bill requiring ultrasound before abortion

By Kay Henderson DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – The Republican-led Iowa House voted on Thursday to require doctors to perform an ultrasound on any woman seeking an abortion and let her see the image and hear the fetus’ heartbeat. “It is my belief that we are defending two lives here, both a mother and a child,” Republican Representative Joel Fry said to open the debate. Several states have enacted similar measures, though some go further, requiring the woman to view the image during the ultrasound. Supporters of Iowa’s measure, which would carry possible licence discipline and a fine for doctors who violate it, claimed it would provide crucial information to women making an irrevocable decision.

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