by Steven Ertelt
May 30, 2005
Lansing, MI (LifeNews.com) — The state Senate is expected to take up legislation this week that would require abortion businesses to allow women considering an abortion to see ultrasound footage of their unborn child. However, Governor Jennifer Granholm says she opposes the proposal.
Last week, the state House approved the measure on a 69-37 vote and the state Senate is expected to sign off on it.
Granholm spokeswoman Liz Boyd told the Detroit News the governor opposes the bill because she claims it "places government in the middle of people’s most personal and intimate medical decisions."
"It purports to be about informing women, yet House members chose not to include an amendment that would have given them information about avoiding unintended pregnancies," she added.
Backers of the measure, such as Right to Life of Michigan, said that it’s needed because abortion facilities often withhold information from women considering an abortion. Most women who see an ultrasound image of their baby beforehand, opt against having an abortion.
"This is a commonsense measure that brings true choice to the abortion issue," Kristen Cella of the Michigan Catholic Conference, told the News. "Women should have the right to see their child before making the critical decision to obtain an abortion."
Republican Rep. David Robertson is the prime sponsor of House Bill 4446, which has been sent to the Senate Health Policy Committee for consideration.
"It would be very informative to the woman and she should be given that opportunity," Robertson said, according to an Associated Press report. "I hope it will save women from the emotional agony of knowing they have aborted their baby."
Polls show women believe that ultrasounds are important for those considering abortion.
An August 2003 poll shows that an overwhelming majority (81 percent) of women support a pro-life bill that would fund grants to pregnancy centers in order to purchase ultrasound machines to show women contemplating abortion pictures of their developing baby.
Care Net President Kurt Entsminger said that, regardless of women’s views on abortion, "the vast majority agree that providing additional ultrasound services is worthwhile."
Nearly nine-in-ten women (87%) said that it is important for non-profit women’s health centers to provide ultrasound services, including a considerable majority (64%) who believe this is a "very important" priority.
Respondents also said it was important for women considering abortion to view ultrasound pictures.
Over half of those surveyed (51%) said that was important and 31% claim that seeing an "image of what’s inside" would make such a decision more difficult.
Commissioned by Care Net, the poll was conducted by The Polling Company and included 802 registered women voters.