I was watching the news this evening and saw a doctor discussing Dan Patrick’s sponsorship of the new ultrasound abortion law. This law, already mandatory in Texas, makes mandatory an ultrasound and thorough discussion about what is occurring in the abortion process, at length. An MD must do the ultrasound and make the fetal heartbeat available to the woman seeking the abortion.
On the news tonight, this doctor said that Dan Patrick’s law was tantamount to attempting to “block the abortion, make it rare, or make it a challenge to use services.” Dan Patrick disagrees and said it is akin to seeing that the woman is well-educated about all aspects of the abortion process and what it actually means.
I’m not sure how this could be a bad thing. How could there be anything whatsoever wrong with making a woman stop and think a little before ending the life of her child?
What if this law does make an abortion rare? How is that a negative thing? Don’t we all want this process to be rare as possible, as opposed to a daily thing or a medical process merely for convenience sake?
Pro-lifers want abortion to stop entirely but that is, frankly, unlikely at the present time; but this new law could make abortions something that people really consider before going through with them. Those who are pro-choice should have absolutely no problem with this law because it educates and offers the woman real, thorough choice. She makes her decision to take the life within her after coming “face to face,”(so-to-speak), with the life of that child and the real reality of its existence. How is this not a good thing?
I don’t see how anyone could think this a negative unless they are attempting to support the deception of the woman seeking the abortion and support her ignorance and denial of the life within her. We need to know what life is and come face to face with that life before we cause it to cease to exist. Abortion should never become a “fast food” commodity that one “drives through” to purchase without a backward thought.
There is a baby’s life being destroyed through this “procedure.” That baby may be undergoing severe distress, pain, and horrific torture due to the procedure, depending upon how far along the mother is in her pregnancy. Women need to be completely informed about everything, in my opinion, before the procedure is made available to them. How can anyone deny this?
Bravo for this law and for offering women a twenty-four hour moment of clarity and self searching before they are legally allowed to take the life of their own child. If this prevents any abortions whatsoever, it has served its purpose, in my opinion.
- Virginia Bill Requiring Ultrasound Before Abortion Nears Vote (nytimes.com)
- Bill requiring ultrasound before abortion nears vote (mercurynews.com)
- Virginia to require ultrasound for abortion (feministphilosophers.wordpress.com)
- Pre-abortion ultrasound: the medical evidence and why it’s important (drjengunter.wordpress.com)
- Politician Points Out How Virginia’s Mandatory Ultrasound Law Could Turn Abortion Providers Into Criminals (thefrisky.com)
- Dan Patrick clarifies his comments about Ryan Braun being “innocent” (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Left blogs: Sonogram bill like rape (politico.com)
- Here Is the “Dildonic” Device Women Seeking An Abortion in Virginia Will Have to Endure (NSFW) [Nsfw] (gizmodo.com)
- Virginia’s Ultrasound Law Would Require Forcible Penetration for Women Seeking Abortions [Abortions] (gawker.com)
- New Virginia Law Is Being Called “State-Funded Rape”…Do You Agree? (bossip.com)
- Virginia’s Proposed Ultrasound Law Is an Abomination (slate.com)