Monday, July 28, 2008

Picture Worth a Thousand Words? Mandating Ultrasound Before Abortions

From Catholic News Service (via the Diocese of Toledo's Catholic Chronicle):
WASHINGTON (CNS)—State by state, Catholics and others in the pro-life community are accomplishing a mission that they hope will give pregnant women considering an abortion the clearest proof yet that their action would still an unborn child's beating heart.

So far in 2008, four states — Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and South Dakota — have passed legislation or strengthened earlier laws requiring abortion providers to offer women considering an abortion an opportunity to view the ultrasound image of their unborn child.

In addition to the four added or expanded in 2008, states with ultrasound laws include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Utah and Wisconsin. Louisiana requires an ultrasound if a pregnancy has reached 20 weeks and says the woman must be offered an opportunity to view it. Florida and Arizona laws compel the use of ultrasound for any abortion after 12 weeks, but the woman has to ask to see the images.

At the federal level, the Ultrasound Informed Consent Act was introduced in both the House and Senate in the 110th Congress but neither bill made it out of committee.




At 7/28/2008 11:59 AM, Anonymous crankycon said...

Having just seen the ultrasound of my child, it just strengthens what were my already pretty vehement pro-life feelings. I just cannot understand how anyone could want to destroy such a precious gift once they realize what is really swimming around in there.

At 7/28/2008 12:53 PM, Blogger Tito Edwards said...


It must be a great feeling to see your child. I see immense joy in my friends when they come around showing off (rightly so) their not yet born childs ultrasound.


At 7/28/2008 1:33 PM, Anonymous crankycon said...


It truly is wonderful. Unfortunately the last ultrasound picture didn't come out too well, but we still have it hanging proudly on the fridge.

At 7/28/2008 4:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For you and all of those who have posted here, I am happy for your impending bundle of joy. As a sonographer, I have shared that moment of joy with many people. However, to mandate viewing the ultrasound can make a difficult decision even worse. There unfortunately are still instances where a confirmed pregnancy will find the young girl homeless and an outcast by her family. In cases of rape or incest, these are not such joyous events. I am thrilled that this is not the case with any of you currently posted. Pregnancy and family are very personal too is the decision to end a pregnancy. This decision should be between the pregnant woman and God. The church and the government should have no authority.

Congratulations on your blessed events, and I wish your baby the joy and the wisdom of the ages. May they realize joys beyond their wildest dreams.


At 7/28/2008 7:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This decision should be between the pregnant woman and God."

Rubbish. Complete and total rubbish. The child has a right to life that should not be taken away by anyone, and especially not the mother of the child to whom God has entrusted a precious gift. Your post is exhibit A that pro-aborts do not want the mother to be made aware of the fact that she is carrying a precious baby and not, as many pro-aborts term the unborn, a "clump of cells" or the "product of pregnancy".


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