Proposed Bill Would Require Ultrasounds For Women Seeking Abortions

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Ohio lawmakers have been presented with a new Republican-backed legislative measure aimed at curbing abortions.

The proposal discussed Wednesday at a House committee hearing requires women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound. It does not specify which type of ultrasound.

Doctors would have to describe to pregnant women "all relevant features" of the fetus.

Rep. Ron Hood is the bill's sponsor. The Ashville Republican says the ultrasound a woman chooses to submit to must be capable of showing the fetus.

Critics of the measure say the bill's mandate would force some women in early pregnancy stages to undergo an invasive type of ultrasound.

The bill also would require doctors to tell women that the procedure increases the risk of breast cancer.