State Ultrasound Laws

By Carrie Gordon Earll
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To date, 24 states have provisions giving women the opportunity to view ultrasounds before abortions are performed or offering information about how to obtain an ultrasound before an abortion.

Data includes information from state codes, American’s United For Life’s Defending Life 2013 and National Right to Life’s Guide to State Laws on Ultrasound.

State

Ultrasound required. Women must be offered the opportunity to view image.

Ultrasound must be offered before an abortion.

If an ultrasound is performed as part of abortion preparation, women must be offered the opportunity to view image.

Women must be informed about ultrasound services and how to obtain these services.

Women must be informed of opportunity to hear fetal heart beat.

AL

Yes

AZ

Yes

AR

Yes

FL

Yes

GA

Yes

Yes

Yes

ID

Yes

Yes

IA

Yes

Yes

Yes

KS

Yes

Yes

Yes

LA

Yes

Yes

Yes

MI

Yes

Yes

MS

Yes

Yes

MO

Yes

Yes

Yes

NE

Yes

Yes

NC

Yes

Yes

Yes

ND

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About the Author

Carrie Gordon Earll

Carrie Gordon Earll is the vice president of government and public policy at Focus on the Family, where she leads a staff that provides expertise on a range of social policy topics affecting life issues, marriage and religious liberties. She also serves as the senior policy analyst for bioethics, researching and writing on a range of topics including abortion, end-of-life …