Kansas Legislator Proposes Abortion Bill to Allow Women to See Ultrasound First
by Steven Ertelt
January 26, 2009
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — A Kansas legislator has proposed a new bill that would allow women considering an abortion to first see an ultrasound of her unborn baby. When used in pregnancy centers, ultrasounds persuade most women to keep their baby and Rep. Lance Kinzer hopes the same will happen in abortion facilities.
Kinzer introduced the legislation, billed as the Womans Right to Know & See proposal, in the Kansas state House along with 38 co-sponsors.
It says women must be given information about the ultrasound 24 hours prior to the abortion.
The bill also requires an abortion practitioner to provide the woman with a list of places where she can obtain a free ultrasound and that any ultrasound done at the abortion center must be completed 30 minutes prior to the abortion.
Kinzer, a Republican from Olathe, told the Capital-Journal newspaper that the legislation promotes a womans physical and psychological health and advances the states important and legitimate interest in protecting fetal life.
The bill also requires abortion centers to post an anti-coercion sign making it clear that women do not have to have an abortion for which they do not consent. The sign is a response to research from the Elliot Institute showing anywhere from 40-60 percent of abortions are done on women who are pressured or coerced by a husband, boyfriend, or someone else.
Every woman submitting to an abortion should only do so after giving her voluntary and well-informed consent, Kinzer told the paper.
The bill enjoys the support of Kansans for Life and Kathy Ostrowski, the group’s legislative director, participated in a press briefing held at the statehouse Monday morning.
She told LifeNews.com, "This bill will insure that women in abortion clinics are not denied the modern medical information other women receive in ordinary obstetric settings."
"Abortion is irreversible, with results that can produce a long-lasting, negative impact. Although abortion is an elective procedure, it is too often a coerced, rushed decision," she added.
Some 16 states have enacted similar ultrasound viewing legislation and several other states, including North Dakota and Wyoming, are considering similar bills this legislative session.
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