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RI Lawmakers Mull Abortion Ultrasound Rule

RI Lawmakers Mull Abortion Ultrasound Rule

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Dozens of supporters and opponents of abortion rights have gathered at the Rhode Island Statehouse as lawmakers review legislation to require abortion providers to show a woman an ultrasound of the fetus before performing the procedure.

The measure was one of several abortion-related bills reviewed Tuesday by the House Judiciary Committee.

This is the fifth year Democratic Rep. Karen MacBeth of Cumberland has sponsored the ultrasound bill. She says it would help women be better informed before deciding to have an abortion.

Opponents including Planned Parenthood and the National Organization for Women say the proposal is demeaning to women and would intrude upon the doctor-patient relationship.

Physicians violating the proposed rule would face fines of up to $100,000 for the first offense.

No vote on the bill has been scheduled.

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