by Steven Ertelt
March 14, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading pro-life group says it’s excited South Dakota has become the twelfth state to implement an abortion-ultrasound law. These kinds of laws provide women with an opportunity to see an ultrasound of their unborn child — a tool long useful in pregnancy centers to persuade women to keep their baby.
The measures don’t require women considering an abortion to see the ultrasound, but require the abortion practitioner to give mothers a chance to see one if they wish.
Mary Spaulding Balch, a pro-life attorney who is the director of state legislation for National Right to Life, tells LifeNews.com that abortion rates will continue to decline as more states put these ultrasound provisions in place.
"This bill is reflective of a national trend that recognizes the ability of ultrasound technology to provide mothers with the opportunity to see the development of their unborn child in real-time," she said.
Balch said the bill does a good job at giving women contemplating an abortion the kind of information abortion businesses don’t normally give them.
According to National Right to Life, eleven other states have similar laws in place. Those include Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, Oklahoma, Utah and Wisconsin.
Louisiana requires allowing women to see an ultrasound in cases when the mother is considering an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
"The abortion decision is one which cannot be undone and women deserve to have all the facts," Balch told Lifenews.com. "We continue to urge other states to join in this trend and protect women and their unborn children."
Ohio could become the next state to join the list. As LifeNews.com has reported, the state legislature approved an ultrasound requirement and pro-abortion Gov. Ted Strickland has the measure on his desk to sign or veto.
National Right to Life – https://www.nrlc.org