Mandating ultrasounds before abortions reasonable dating
Still, several states across the country require physicians to perform an ultrasound before performing an abortion.
Some of those states also force a woman to view the ultrasound or listen to the heartbeat, even if she directly objects.
But they’ve succeeded in getting mandatory ultrasound laws on the books in 10 states, and many continue to promote the idea that, when a woman glimpses her little bean during a sonogram, her maternal instinct awakens and prompts her to carry the pregnancy to term. Over three decades of conservative telephone (and a few dubious studies funded by abortion crisis centers), this wisp of conjecture permutated: By 2013, pundits like Rachel Campos-Duffy were claiming that more than 90 percent of women change their mind about abortion after viewing an ultrasound.
Seven states now mandate that women seeking abortion get an ultrasound first and require doctors offer the women a chance to see the images; three states require the doctors to show and describe the ultrasound.
They argue that abortions are an unfortunate outcome and that lowering the number of abortions through these kinds of methods is, therefore, a good thing.
Further, while women may have the right to their bodies and the choice of abortion, opponents argue that opting for an abortion is still immoral, and thus justifies the state intervening to try to persuade women against it.
Carolyn Jones made the wrenching decision to end her pregnancy after learning that her unborn son had severe disabilities.
One of its more recent permutations surrounds laws that have been passed, or are being considered, in many US states that require women seeking an abortion to obtain an ultrasound, be shown the screen, and be described elements of the fetus before the operation.(Only 7.4 percent of the women fell into the latter categories.) Patients underwent ultrasounds as part of the standard procedure, and 42.5 percent of them opted to see the images.Of those, 98.4 percent terminated their pregnancies; 99 percent of the women who did not look at the photographs ended their pregnancies.But despite the conservative push for these laws, smaller studies out of Texas, Canada, and South Africa imply that sonogram viewings do not impact women’s decisions to end or continue their pregnancies. Researchers analyzed 15,575 medical records from an urban abortion care provider in Los Angeles.Each patient seeking an abortion was asked how she felt about her choice: Those who made “clear and confident” replies were rated as having “high decision certainty,” while those who seemed sad, angry, or ambivalent were said to show “medium” or “low” decision certainty.