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Utah House Committee Approves Ultrasound Abortion Bill

A Utah bill that would require doctors to show a woman an ultrasound before performing an abortion has passed a House committee vote. The passage through the Judiciary Committee Tuesday moves the measure to the full House. Republican Rep. Steve Christiansen's bill would require a physician or technician performing a mandated ultrasound to describe the presence and location of an unborn child in the uterus, display images and make the fetal heartbeat audible for each woman. A physician would not be allowed to perform an abortion unless a woman presents a completed form demonstrating she met the ultrasound requirement.