Mississippi Code Title 41. Public Health § 41-41-34. Abortion; pre-procedure requirements

(1) Before the performance of an abortion, as defined in Section 41-41-45 , the physician who is to perform the abortion, or a qualified person assisting the physician, shall:

(a) Perform fetal ultrasound imaging and auscultation of fetal heart tone services on the patient undergoing the abortion;

(b) Offer to provide the patient with an opportunity to view the active ultrasound image of the unborn child and hear the heartbeat of the unborn child if the heartbeat is audible;

(c) Offer to provide the patient with a physical picture of the ultrasound image of the unborn child;

(d) Obtain the patient's signature on a certification form stating that the patient has been given the opportunity to view the active ultrasound image and hear the heartbeat of the unborn child if the heartbeat is audible, and that she has been offered a physical picture of the ultrasound image;  and

(e) Retain a copy of the signed certification form in the patient's medical record.

(2) The State Department of Health shall enforce the requirements of this section.

(3) An ultrasound image must be of a quality consistent with standard medical practice in the community, shall contain the dimensions of the unborn child and shall accurately portray the presence of external members and internal organs, if present or viewable, of the unborn child.


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