When Idaho’s anti-choice legislators proposed their mandatory ultrasound bill, one of the hopes was that women would go to crisis pregnancy centers to obtain free ultrasounds, despite the fact that those ultrasounds wouldn’t count as the mandatory ultrasounds required by the bill. When asked why he was essentially proposing two different ultrasounds, the bill’s sponsor, Senator Chuck Winder, seemed genuinely confused by the question, not completely positive whether he was proposing two or not.
Now, it’s a little easier to understand why he didn’t know. Anti-choice activists are purposefully trying to use ultrasounds as a means to get women who are considering abortion into crisis pregnancy centers, misleading them into thinking that they are going to receive free, necessary ultrasounds that they will need to have before they terminate their pregnancies.
At the annual conference for crisis pregnancy centers, former Planned Parenthood employee turned anti-choice personality Abby Johnson explains to attendees how to use ultrasounds and other means to mislead women into coming into crisis pregnancy centers so they can be talked out of having abortions.