RI lawmakers to Review Abortion Bills

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Abortion providers in Rhode Island would have to offer women seeking abortions a chance to view fetal ultrasound images under legislation scheduled for review in the General Assembly.

The legislation is one of several abortion-related bills scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee.

The ultrasound proposal would not require a woman to view the ultrasound, but it would require abortion providers to display and explain the images prior to an abortion.

Similar legislation failed to pass last year. Other bills up for review would outlaw abortion as a means of gender selection and create new crimes and penalties for assaulting or killing a fetus during an attack on a pregnant woman.

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