Pele, a 12-year old western lowland gorilla, is set to give birth next month at Busch Garden’s in Tampa, Florida. The Busch Garden’s is a theme park home to one of America’s largest zoological institutes and houses more than 2,700 animals.
According to the Daily Mail, Pele’s pregnancy was initiated by the parks participation in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP). The goal of the program is to “cooperatively manage specific, and typically threatened or endangered, species populations such as lowland gorillas.”
Pele was placed into a gorilla troop so she would breed and create offspring. Now, zoologists at the Busch Gardens have released rare footage of the gorilla’s ultrasound. In the ultrasound, the baby gorilla can be seen moving inside Pele’s womb and its hand is easily distinguishable.
While the news of another gorilla entering the world is fantastic (especially since they are an endangered species), it’s mind-boggling that so many people are ecstatic about animal life but are hesitant to support commonsense pro-life measures like ultrasound laws.
Ultrasound laws require abortionists to read the medical description of a sonogram, display the image of the unborn baby, and allow women to hear the baby’s heartbeat prior to an abortion. This ensures that women receive accurate information before they make the irreversible and tragic choice to kill their unborn child.
“In a 1992 case upholding key regulations on abortion, the U.S. Supreme Court held that states can require information that “is truthful and not misleading” be made available to a woman to help ensure that she “apprehend the full consequences of her decision.” The court stated that doing so reduces “the risk that a woman may elect an abortion, only to discover later, with devastating psychological consequences, that her decision was not fully informed.
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Clearly, real-time ultrasound images of the unborn child are truthful, not misleading, and can lead to a more informed decision. Ultrasound is a window to the womb allowing the mother to view for herself what is inside her, seeing not opinion but objective and accurate fact.”
According to National Right to Life, 24 states in the U.S. have some type of ultrasound law written on the books. However, many abortion advocates oppose this legislation because it hurts their bottom line, which is to sell more abortion. Studies show that 78% of pregnant women who see an ultrasound of their unborn baby reject abortion.
Although Pele’s baby gorilla should be celebrated, it is tragic that we live in a society that applauds ultrasounds for pregnant gorillas but wants to withhold them from pregnant women seeking abortions. Women deserve to be fully informed and know everything about their baby before they choose abortion.