MI Lawmaker Pushing for Pre-Abortion Ultrasounds

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Medical clinics would have to offer women considering an abortion the chance to see an ultrasound of the fetus under new legislation.

State Representative Dave Robertson of Grand Blanc Township introduced a bill to create the requirement, but it would not force women to view the images.

Robertson said he hopes women decide against an abortion if they get the chance to see an ultrasound of the fetus.

Sarah Scranton is the acting executive director of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan. She said clinics already do ultrasounds before an abortion, but most women don't view the images.

Scranton said the legislation would create an obstacle to having an abortion.

The bill is being considered by the House Health Policy Committee.