Alabama lawmaker rewrites bill to eliminate mandatory vaginal ultrasounds
The sponsor of Alabama’s ultrasound bill plans to rewrite legislation that would no longer require women seeking an abortion to undergo a mandatory vaginal ultrasound, according to The Birmingham News.
State Sen. Clay Scofield (R) said Monday evening that he would waterdown his original bill that required requires physicians to perform either a vaginal or abdominal ultrasound on a woman seeking an abortion.
The bill also required physicians to describe the images to the patients, with any refusals from physicians potentially resulting in two to 20 years in prison.
Instead, Scofield claims he never intended to blockout a woman’s opinion and will revised the legislation in a move similar to Virginia changing their ultrasound bill last week.
‘I am committed to amending this (bill) to specify that it is the woman’s choice which method of ultrasound that she would be more comfortable with,” Scofield said.
The bill passed out of Alabama’s Senate Health Committee last week and is headed to the state senate.
Senate Health Committee chairman Greg Reed’s (R) support for the bill is under scrutiny thanks to his company, Preferred Medical Systems, which sells the equipment for the ultrasounds. Reed adamantly denied his role as vice president for Preferred had anything to do with his support.
“I do not sell ultrasound equipment in my business to clinics that are abortion clinics,” he said, according to The Montgomery Bureau.