Abortion foes have a new tactic: The hope that women can't look away.
Lawmakers in 11 states are considering bills that would offer or require ultrasounds before a woman gets an abortion. The most stringent are proposed laws in Nebraska, Indiana and Texas, which would require a doctor show the ultrasound image of the fetus to the woman, despite legal challenges to a similar measure in Oklahoma.
Sixteen states already have such laws.
This FF gambit falls under the 'informed consent' meme. This is how it works: everybody about to undergo any sort of medical procedure should be given enough information about what it entails, the risks, and so on, so that her or his consent is informed by facts.
No-one can argue with that, right?
So it should also apply to women seeking abortions. And it does.
End of story, right?
Nope. Because, according to the
So the state will force her to undergo and look at an ultrasound of the insides of her own uterus. And because even that's not enough, some states require the images be described to her. Indiana's law forces her to listen to 'fetal heartbeat'.
Oh, hell, I'll just let the idiocy of this be demonstrated by JJ in the recent and apparently ongoing 'debate' at StageLeft.
JJ quotes SUZY ALL-CAPS and then replies:
“Which refutes your point: people who support legal abortion are not upfront about what abortion does.”
Yes, none of us knows “what abortion does”. When I had one I thought I was just getting a brazillian wax job. Who knew???