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A Woman's Right To Accurate Health Care Information

Concerning the creation of the "Women's Reproductive Information Guarantee for Health and Transparency (RIGHT) Act".
2016 Regular Session
Health Care & Health Insurance
Bill Summary

The bill ensures that women are fully and accurately informed about their personal medical conditions regarding their pregnancies and health care options. Current medical procedures already use ultrasound technology to provide information regarding the gestational age of child in utero. The bill ensures that women have the opportunity to see or forego the opportunity to see the ultrasound. The bill allows women the opportunity to find a provider of ultrasound technology that will provide the service free of charge. The bill requires that a woman provide voluntary and informed consent to an abortion. The bill describes the information that constitutes voluntary and informed consent that the physician performing the abortion provides to the woman. The bill requires the abortion provider to provide certain information to the woman at least 24 hours prior to performing an abortion.

The bill creates a civil right of action for noncompliance with the requirements, making a physician's noncompliance with the requirements unprofessional conduct and a violation of the requirements a crime.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)




Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details