Post # 1
Just heard this on the evening news :
Basically, it states that an ultrasound *could* be required on those seeking an abortion, with a 24 hr turnaround period before it is performed.
A few other states have similiar legislation, apparently. Any thoughts on this? I wonder how much it would cost to perform an ultrasound on every woman seeking an abortion…
Post # 3
I don’t see anything wrong with it. Who knows, someone might change their mind. And usually they end up paying out of pocket for the ultrasound anyways.
Post # 4
Ugh, meant to post this in the local board.
Post # 5
I don’t see the big deal, and I think it’s a good idea. So the woman having the abortion will at least know and see and hear that it is a living creature in the womb long before many think it is.
I had a pelvic ultrasound at 6 weeks and they were able to pick up a light heart beat. It was faint but it was there. They thought the baby was already dead inside but the ultrasound proved it was a living creature inside of me and the ultrasound proved that to me and the doctors
Just as an add on I’m not posting one way or another live vs choice, I’m just saying women need to make and educated choice at least and too many women believe there is no heart beat and no actual child before 20 weeks.
Post # 6
I think it’s yet another way in which society deems it acceptable to openly distrust women and their ability to make decisions for themselves.
Post # 7
If a woman has already decided to have an abortion, seeing her fetus on an ultrasound isn’t going to change her mind. The lawmakers behind bills like this are *hoping* that it will change their mind
Post # 8
I think it’s ridiculous. Forcing someone to undergo a medical test (I don’t care if it’s not invasive), for no reason other than to hopefully guilt her into keeping her fetus, just so she can exercise her legal right to abortion, is impossible for me to justify.
Post # 9
I think its ridiculous. I hope they plan on paying for it because you cannot force a person constitutionally to take a medical test that isn’t required for the procedure. Also, speaking as a medical student, a future OB/GYN, and a sexually active female, if I got pregnant now (despite being on birth control) there is nothing, absolutely nothing that could change my mind, I would be at the abortion clinic as soon as the pregnancy test was positive. Right now in medical school I can’t take care of a baby and there’s way too many children in need of parents for me to assume I can just give up a child for adoption.
Post # 10
guilt-tripping attempt, that’s what this is.
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Post # 12
@Natalieh86: this. What a tremendous waste of resources that could actually be used for necessary tests and procedures.
Post # 13
I have a girlfriend who is pregnant, and the hospital where she received her ultrasound will not give her the gender of the baby because selective abortion is common here. The hospital forwards the results to her doctor, and only after the secondary appointment will they reveal the sex. It is interesting to hear different thoughts in different areas!
Post # 14
Many doctors already perform an ultrasound prior to an abortion, to make sure there’s not an ectopic pregnancy, which could actually kill a woman if she were to have a chemical abortion. So I’m not 100% opposed to the concept if it keeps women safe, although I believe the risk is still rather low and the ultrasound may be too extreme a test. I’m genuinely conflicted on this part.
i find it REPREHENSIBLE that a woman be forced to view the images, hear a description, or listen to a heartbeat. Anyone who thinks these women don’t realize or truly understand that their pregnancy would result in a baby if carried to term, is fooling themselves. This requirement is nothing more than bullying and an attempt to inflict emotional pain on a woman who, most likely, is already in emotional pain. Shame on any lawmaker who supports legislation like this!
Post # 15
Early on, during the period when most abortions occur, aren’t most ultrasounds transvaginal? The state would be mandating that a probe be inserted in womens’ vaginas in order for her to access a legal medical procedure. Even if they could opt out of that particular type, it’s unacceptable.
Post # 16
I think it’s horrible. I have a friend who absolutely cannot take on a child right now, and she’s only 22. She ended up pregnant, and went in. They wanted an ultrasound for some weird stuff that had been going on, and the nurse showed her the image/sound and congratulated her on her new baby and talked about how exciting the whole thing was. She was horrified and crushed. It really didn’t help anything, it just made it much worse. The nurse awkwardly excused herself after saying “Oh, that’s too bad.”
Guilt tripping has no place here.