The budget bill wasn’t the only piece of legislation stirring up controversy on Jones Street on Wednesday. The House Judiciary Committee heard from both sides on House Bill 854, the so-called Woman’s Right to Know Act.
The bill requires a 24-hour waiting period and informed consent of a pregnant woman before an abortion can be performed. It also stipulates that an ultrasound be performed with the images of the unborn child displayed so the pregnant woman can view them. In the case of a minor, notarized consent from the minor and a parent or legal guardian would be required.
Janet Colm of Planned Parenthood told committee members that their clients already take the issue of abortion very seriously, and that they deserve more personalized care than the “cookie cutter approach” this bill spells out.
Danelle Hallenbeck told legislators she was never informed of the complications that could result from a 1993 abortion which has “haunted” her ever since.
Dr. David Grimes, a board-certified physician in obstetrics and gynecology, said the added burdens put in place by HB 854 would increase the risk involved and double the rate of unintended births among teenagers.
The committee could to vote on the bill as early as next week. To hear from opponents and supporters of the legislation, click below: