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
Nun excommunicated in abortion row – Orlando Sentinel
Quebec calls on Harper gov’t to respect access to abortion – Montreal Gazette
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
SC budget compromise elusive; state insurance abortion for rape, incest a … – CanadianBusiness.com
Nun Excommunicated For Suggesting Abortion – AHN | All Headline News
SC insurance abortion coverage stalls state budget – BusinessWeek
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
Finally – Birth Control for Men! – EmpowHer
Poverty and the Pill – New York Times
Smallpox Vaccine Slows HIV – Newser
TB, HIV Epidemic Response Found Lacking – MedPage Today
Born HIV free by 2015 – ABC Online
May 20, 2010
Quebec politicians unite to criticize Harper on abortion – Toronto Star
House OKs abortion limits – Greenville News
Quebec pushes Ottawa on abortion – Winnipeg Free Press
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
Kagan: Church, State and Privacy – Beliefnet.com
How motherhood stopped being a motherhood issue – National Post
The Supreme Court needs more mothers – Gainesville Sun