Across the country, liberals are waging a war on ultrasounds. The technology under attack offers women a window to the womb as they struggle to decide whether or not abortion is their best option. Pro-abortion advocates are determined to keep that window closed.
Almost half of the country includes some kind of legislation that requires women to have an ultrasound before having an abortion. Liberal media sources have decried it as ‘forcible penetration’ and even a form of rape. I won’t bother pointing out how that article’s ‘correction’ section was almost as long as the piece itself.
The Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion rights organization, claims the ultrasound requirement is no more than an attempt to trick women into giving birth.
“Since routine ultrasound is not considered medically necessary as a component of first-trimester abortion, the requirements appear to be a veiled attempt to personify the fetus and dissuade a woman from obtaining an abortion.”
Despite Guttmacher’s accusation, the fetus in question needs no piece of paper to be ‘personified.’ It already is a person. Other pro-abortion activists suggest the ultrasound laws take rights away from women, an accusation which fits right into the now laughable ‘war on women’ category. What these critics don’t realize, is that the law grants rights to unborn children. They don’t get a say, but with ultrasounds they at least get a face. Another argument I’ll mention is that activists claim this law will threaten the relationship between a woman and her physician, supposedly protected by Roe v. Wade. In reality, an ultrasound would strengthen a more important relationship – the one between mother and child, which Roe severely threatened.
Here is a description of the amazing technology that is under assault, via LiveScience:
“Ultrasound imaging involves bouncing ‘ultrasonic’ sound waves — above the audible range of human hearing — at body structures or tissues, and detecting the echoes that bounce back.”
The article also stresses that having an ultrasound is a largely safe and joyful experience. Malcolm Nicolson, a history of medicine professor at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, who has studied ultrasounds extensively, makes the important observation.
“Overwhelmingly, pregnant women expect to be scanned, and are moved and excited by seeing the fetus.”
Yet, liberal legislators across the country are trying to scale back ultrasound legislation – unsuccessfully, I might add. In Virginia, House Bill No. 1524 was designed to amend the ultrasound law signed into law by Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) in 2012. In the bill’s text, you’ll notice that any language referring to an ultrasound has been scratched, leaving only the “informed consent” requirement. That bill was soundly defeated. A similar attempt in the State Senate by Senator Mamie Locke (D-VA 2) was recently blocked as well.
However, pro-abortion advocates in other states have succeeded in their attempts to scale back these ultrasound requirements. In North Carolina, for example, the Fourth Circuit court of appeals voted to block the ultrasound law. The state had been pressured by pro-abortion organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood.
In a few states in which legislation requires ultrasounds before abortions, women are given the option to look away from the screen. However, I wonder how many women actually look away? Something tells me most women would be a little curious to see the miracle growing in their tummy.
For those who do turn to look at their ultrasound, 78 percent choose life for their unborn child. To give a specific, local example, here in Virginia, the Assist Pregnancy Center has seen double the amount of patients since installing their ultrasound machine last year.
Ultrasounds save lives. Leave them alone.