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Under Democratic control in the NC Legislature (1977) and amended in 1994, please see the referenced link depicting the requirement is in North Carolina administrative rules already directing abortion clinics to perform ultrasounds for any patient who is scheduled to have an abortion. Hospitals that may perform abortions must meet standards of care that would include some medical method to determine the gestational age, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. This section applies to abortion clinics and specifically states: “an ultrasound examination shall be performed and the results posted in the patient’s medical record for any patient who is scheduled for an abortion procedure.” And never mind the fact the sonograms have been mandatory in NC since 1977! If already required, why not allow the woman via the "Woman's Right to Know" law to also see the ultrasound, sponsored by the Republican party now in place? In the wake of coverage of the campaign ad, Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam, one of the movers behind the law, has been e-mailing news outlets to point out that ultrasounds have been required by the state since at least 1994. A federal court has delayed implementation of part of the law - dealing with whether a doctor should be required to show and describe the ultrasound images to the woman - but has not set aside the ultrasound requirement itself.

§ 90-21.85. "Perform an obstetric real-time view of the unborn child on the pregnant woman."


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