Argument: Ultrasounds inform mothers, may reduce abortions

Issue Report: Mandatory ultrasounds before abortions


Senator Tony Fulton, Republican of Nebraska: “If we can provide information to a mother who is in a desperate situation – information about what she’s about to choose; information about the reality inside her womb – then this is going to reduce the number of abortions.”[1]

“CONFER: Mandate ultrasounds for abortions.” The Tonawanda News. June 13, 2011: “Modern technology is awesome, as are the feelings we get — the goose bumps — when it shows us our bundle of joy moving about in the womb. The pictures we receive from the doctor’s visits are true keepsakes, as we constantly marvel at the baby’s features. After I first saw those images and admired what they showed, my joy became sprinkled with a little bit of confusion, if not anger. Readers of this column know that I despise abortions of convenience. These sonograms took that feeling to another level. Only a few months into the pregnancy the images showed a human in form and a human in movement, so I was left asking, how could any pregnant woman who has witnessed an ultrasound allow someone to tear what was a living person from her body? That question had me wondering about how many patients ever actually see, or are given the chance to see, their children prior to the abortion. Unfortunately, as made evident by the high body count (more than 1.5 million babies per year), not too many are. It’s obvious that one step to curbing the number of abortions, and dramatically at that, would be mandating ultrasounds.

[…] [Ultrasounds are] a start for ending one of the more callous acts of modern society, since the federal government is so keen on allowing abortions and there’s no chance of overturning the Roe v. Wade decision. Abortions will always be available and there will be many couples demanding such services. But, if they see what I — and millions of other loving parents — have seen in the doctor’s office, there’s a great chance a baby will be saved and given the ability that you and I have to experience the adventure we call life.”