Roundup: Louisiana Gets on the Mandatory Ultrasound Bandwagon


Not to be outdone by the likes of Oklahoma and Florida, Louisiana is spending their legislative session passing a law to authorize mandatory ultrasounds before an abortion procedure as well.  And like Oklahoma, you have to have the ultrasound even if you are a victim of incest and rape.

From the Daily Comet:

A woman seeking an abortion should be required to get an ultrasound first, the Louisiana Senate agreed Tuesday, siding with backers of the proposal who say they hope the procedure could change a woman’s mind.
The ultrasound would have to be performed at least two hours before the abortion. There is no exception in the bill for victims of rape or incest.

Sen. Sharon Broome, D-Baton Rouge, sponsor of the proposal, said the ultrasounds would give women more information before they make such a “critical decision.”

Supporters were clear on their hopes that the ultrasound could dissuade someone from getting an abortion.

Sen. Gerald Long, R-Winnfield, described the bill as “quite personal. It deals with the very core of who we are as individuals. It deals with the values that we believe inherently that life is precious and it needs to be protected.”

The Senate voted 33-4 for the measure, sending it for debate in the House, where it is expected to pass.

The sponsor of the bill claims that this is a move to “empower” women, according to NOLA.com:

Broome described her bill, which is backed by Christian conservative groups and was heavily reworked in the Senate Health & Welfare Committee, as an attempt to empower women by giving them more information before an abortion.

“I think women should have as much information as possible before they make a critical decision about having an abortion,” Broome said.

Meanwhile, Lifenews admits that the mandatory ultrasound push is really just an attempt at emotional manipulation:

The legislation also has the support of the Bioethics Defense Fund and BDF attorney Dorinda Bordlee drafted the legislation.

“Science tells us when life begins,” she told LifeNews.com. “The real question is when love begins. Ultrasound before abortion legislation is highly effective because of the unexpected love women experience when seeing the beauty of their unborn children.”

In a small victory, the legislation was rewritten to remove making it mandatory that the women have to view the ultrasound during the exam,  or have a doctor explain the details of the fetus and any organ or developmental achievements to her.

Mini Roundup: The first abortion services advertisment will soon run on Brittish television.  Anti-choice groups, who hate it when women receive information, are unsurprisingly asking for the ad to be banned.  And in Northern Ireland, they got what they wanted.  But are anti-choice advocates really trying to save the unborn, or just enjoying their power over women?

May 19, 2010

A look at the state budget, transportation and abortion – Miami County Republic

Kagan, abortion, and the Supreme Court’s coming moment of truth on Roe v. Wade – Christian Science Monitor

Abortion foes capitalize on health care law – WLOS

Will ultrasound change women’s mind on abortion? La. Senate thinks so – Daily Comet

Nun excommunicated in abortion row – Orlando Sentinel

Quebec calls on Harper gov’t to respect access to abortion – Montreal Gazette

SC insurance abortion coverage stalls state budget – CNBC

Quebec to Harper: enough with the ambiguity over abortion  – Winnipeg Free Press

Nun excommunicated for abortion – UPI.com

Abortion foes capitalize on health law they fought – KMPH Fox 26

Clear up abortion ‘ambiguity,’ Quebec tells PM – Globe and Mail

Abortion services to be advertised on UK television for first time – The Guardian

Senate backs bill requiring ultrasound before abortions – NOLA.com

SC budget compromise elusive; state insurance abortion for rape, incest a … – CanadianBusiness.com

Nun Excommunicated For Suggesting Abortion – AHN | All Headline News

Louisiana Senate Approves Ultrasound Bill Helping Women Ahead of Abortions – LifeNews.com

Kan. budget item takes Planned Parenthood funds – CNBC

First TV advert selling abortion – but pro-life groups demand a ban – Daily Mail

SC insurance abortion coverage stalls state budget – BusinessWeek

Nun Excommunicated For Allowing Abortion – NPR

Law May Require Ultrasound Before Abortion – KATC Lafayette News

First-Ever TV Abortion Advert Goes On Air – Sky News

Quebec MNAs challenge Harper’s abortion stance – Globe and Mail

Octomom unveiling pet birth control banner – Washington Post

Kansas Budget Item Takes Planned Parenthood Funds – KAKE

Finally – Birth Control for Men! – EmpowHer

Poverty and the Pill – New York Times

Study: Smallpox Eradication Helped HIV Spread – CBS News

Smallpox Vaccine Slows HIV – Newser

TB, HIV Epidemic Response Found Lacking – MedPage Today

‘BORN HIV FREE’ campaign launched by The Global Fund – UNAIDS

Born HIV free by 2015 – ABC Online

While ‘Abstinence-Only’ Pols Get Caught With Their Pants Down, Progressives … – AlterNet

High Rate of Prenatal, Postpartum Depression Found in Fathers – Medscape

13 Pregnancies Prompt Greene Forest (AR) School to Add Abstinence Training – KSPR

Study: Fathers Can Suffer Post-partum Depression – WBAY

May 20, 2010

Channel 4 to air first ads for abortion services – AFP

Quebec politicians unite to criticize Harper on abortion – Toronto Star

House OKs abortion limits – Greenville News

Quebec pushes Ottawa on abortion – Winnipeg Free Press

Outcry over abortion advert is about power, not saving foetuses – The Guardian

Relax, abortion rights are safe – Globe and Mail

PM urged to respect access to abortion – Ottawa Citizen

Abortion ad blocked in Northern Ireland – The Guardian

An AIDS Vaccine is Possible – Weekly Blitz

Hepatitis upsurge rings alarm bells – Himalayan Times

South Africa launches world’s biggest anti-AIDS drive – GlobalPost

Kagan: Church, State and Privacy – Beliefnet.com

How motherhood stopped being a motherhood issue – National Post

The Supreme Court needs more mothers – Gainesville Sun

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  • gorrjer

    Since the pro-choice side wants to allow women to make the best choice possible, I can’t see how giving women better information about the procedure, in the form of an ultrasound, is a bad thing.

     

    If the ultrasound discourages the abortion, then the additional information did allow the mother to make a more informed decision, and make the choice that’s right for her.

     

    This is a bad thing how?  I thought that’s what pro-choicers were fighting for, an informed choice.

  • ahunt

    I was not obliged to view the “video” of the procedure that discovered the polyps in my colon in order to make a decision. Just wondering.

  • squirrely-girl

    If the ultrasound discourages the abortion, then the additional information did allow the mother to make a more informed decision, and make the choice that’s right for her.

    I know I’m probably talking to the equivalent of a brick wall, but do you not see the inherent lack of logic in that statement? Seriously. That’s some circular logic if I’ve ever read any. It’s only “more informed” and “right” if the woman chooses to NOT get the abortion. If, like ALL OF THE WOMEN IN OKLAHOMA in the days following their onerous legislation, women still decide to get the abortion, well then what’s the point?! Oh… yah… slut shaming. I forgot.

     

    If the primary purpose of the additional “information” is to guilt or shame a woman into continuing with a pregnancy regardless of her individual circumstances, then it’s completely biased. It is not the purpose of government to guilt trip people into acting in certain ways.

  • crowepps

    And just what “information about the procedure” does the ultrasound actually provide?  Especially when the woman is required to PAY for the ultrasound.  It seems to me it’s the equivalent of making a patient pay for a $60 book on surgery that she doesn’t want to read before taking out her appendix.  She already KNOWS that she’s pregnant/contains a fetus - that’s WHY she wants an abortion.

     

    Perhaps, considering what a nuisance the entire 4 to 5 day ‘menstrual period’ is to deal with, an alternative would ‘insta-period centers’ where women could go in once a month and have the mess emptied all at once without ever knowing whether they are pregnant or not.  As I understand the ease of use of a suction aspirator, it would possible for women to take a class, buy the gadget and do the same thing at home all by themselves.  No muss, no fuss, no guilt, no shame, since NOBODY including themselves would ever know if it was just ‘removing the mess of the period’ or actually ‘removing a conceptus’ along with the menstral blood.