by Steven Ertelt
December 13, 2007
Columbus, OH (LifeNews.com) — With a strongly bipartisan vote, the Ohio State House approved a measure Wednesday that would require abortion practitioners to give women the option of seeing an ultrasound of their developing baby. When used in pregnancy centers, ultrasounds persuade large majorities of women not to have an abortion.
The Ultrasound Viewing Option Bill, H.B. 314, received the support of the Ohio House Health Committee early Wednesday and then headed to the full House for a debate and vote.
Once there, lawmakers approved the measure on a 72-18 margin.
Rep. Shannon Jones, a Springboro Republican, is the main sponsor of the legislation, which would require that abortion practitioners show women an ultrasound if one has been done prior to the abortion.
Denise Mackura, the director and general counsel for Ohio Right to Life, told LifeNews.com that she is "delighted" lawmakers approved the "common sense pro-life and pro-woman bill."
"Persons who claim to support a ‘woman’s right to choose’ should support the woman’s right to see an ultrasound if she chooses," Mackura added. "Just as x-rays are commonly shown to patients deciding on surgery, letting a woman see an ultrasound can help her make a more informed choice, and an uninformed choice is no choice at all."
Jones introduced her bill in September and said one woman who had an abortion and regretted her decision thanked her because she may have decided against it had she had the ultrasound information beforehand.
Sen. Joy Padgett, a Republican from Coshocton is the lead sponsor of the Senate version of the bill.
She previously told the Cincinnati Enquirer, "My hope is that when women have all the information in front of them, they may make a different decision."
"They’re choosing to have elective surgery. Isn’t it just right that they be given access to this information?" Padgett added.
Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio claims the bill is unnecessary because women can simply ask their staff for an ultrasound before the abortion.
"With all the work that probably needs to be done in Columbus, why (are) they wasting their time on something women already have access to?" Becki Brenner, president and chief executive officer of the abortion business, told the Enquirer.
"We honor that request and give her any kind of referral that she may request and wish her well," Brenner claimed.
Should the legislature approve the bills and combine them into one version to send to Gov. Ted Strickland, they may face a veto because he backs abortion.