GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A local business out of Grants Pass may soon have to close its doors due to a recent law that went into effect at the beginning of the month.
The owner of Keepsake 3-D Imaging said the new law prohibits her from using an ultrasound machine to take pictures of fetuses inside the womb. House bill 2104 was passed unanimously by the Oregon Congress back in October. The new law prohibits a person from performing a medical imaging procedure unless there is a medical purpose and the procedure is ordered by a licensed physician.
Autumn McKenzie’s business began a few years ago when she bought an ultrasound machine off of a friend. McKenzie and her husband took a leap of faith and poured tons of time and money into opening their new business, Keepsake 3-D Imaging.
There she focuses on making the gender reveal a personal experience. With the ultrasound machine McKenzie can reveal the gender of a child at 16 weeks… 6 weeks before hospitals normally do. She said she makes the person’s appointment more intimate by focusing on the feet, hands a features of the unborn child.
Now with this new law, she’s having to sell her machine, and if she doesn’t do it within a reasonable amount of time she could have to file bankruptcy.
“I don’t see it as something the government needs to monitor… I’m not a big political person, but I do think a woman… a pregnant woman has the choice… she should be able to choose for herself. It’s an elective service,” said Keepsake 3-D Imaging Owner, Autumn McKenzie.
McKenzie said she followed all of the proper protocols and FDA guidelines. She even took special precaution and had patients sign a waiver. However, McKenzie is not licensed, and even if she was, she would have to have a doctor’s order before conducting the procedure with the new law in place.
McKenzie says she’d never even heard of the new law until after receiving a brief letter in the mail informing her that her business would be illegal come 2014. NewsWatch 12 did reach out to state lawmakers, but they were unavailable for comment.