Bill To Require Ultrasound Before Abortions

In South Carolina, a bill is steam rolling its way through the State [Legislature] that would require all patients to view an ultrasound of the fetus before making a decision on whether or not to continue with the termination of that fetus.

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Union Tribune) With calls of emotional blackmail from opponents, a measure requiring women seeking abortions to first review ultrasound images of their fetuses advanced Wednesday in the South Carolina Legislature.

Some states make ultrasound images available to women before an abortion, but South Carolina would be alone in requiring women to view the pictures... Proponents hope women will change their minds after seeing an ultrasound.

I don’t know what to make of this legislative measure. I agree with the concept and every person who wishes to destroy a growing life should see what exactly it is they are destroying. Because it isn’t just a blob of protoplasm... the baby has a face, arms, legs, and it has life.

However, I’m not sure if I agree with forcing a woman to have to view her fetus right before the abortion. It’s not ‘emotional blackmail’ as I’m sure many pro-choice activists will continue to label it but it is an effort to change the mind of the woman. Although, having an abortion is a medical procedure which should require doctors to disclose all relevant information to the patient; including the ultrasound.