Colorado Democrats block chance for women to view ultrasound prior to an abortion

By Dave Andrusko

Rep. Lori Saine

For the second time in recent legislative sessions, Colorado Democrats blocked HB18 — “A Women’s Right To Accurate Healthcare Information”—that would have “required physicians to inform women seeking to abort that they can conduct and view an ultrasound prior to aborting, as well as listen to the heartbeat of their unborn child,” according to the Daily Caller.

The bill failed 7-6 vote in the Health, Insurance and Environment Committee with all Democrats voting against and all Republicans in favor.

Lead sponsor Rep. Lori Saine, R-Dacono, told committee members that “the measure would help ensure that women are fully informed when they seek an abortion.”

HB18 would have ensured that “a woman has the opportunity to see or forego seeing her ultrasound, and required women seeking to abort receive full information about the procedural elements and risks of abortion,” according to Grace Carr. “The bill also posited that women seeking to abort and decide to have an ultrasound can choose between an abdominal or vaginal ultrasound.”

Prior to Thursday’s committee hearing, The Rev. Dr. Dawn Riley Duval called the bill an “unconscionable” barrier to reproductive health services, the Colorado Independent reported.