If there is anything abortion activists hate the most, it’s photos of unborn babies in the womb. They reveal the truth about the humanity of the unborn baby in a way that convinces many people abortion is the killing of an unborn child.
Frequent LifeNews author Sarah Terzo highlights one quote from an abortion advocate who doesn’t like them:
From pro-choice author Melody Rose:
The images and language most often wielded by pro-life advocates are vivid and emotional… recent developments in imaging technique certainly have facilitated a reliance on powerful pictures that humanize the fetus in a way not possible two decades ago. Because fetuses now can be seen in intricate detail, opponents of abortion have striking images to use in support of abortion restrictions, despite what these restrictions might mean to women’s health and freedom.”
— Melody Rose, Safe, Legal and Unavailable? Abortion Politics in the United States (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press), 2007, pp. 10 to 11.
So here’s the million dollar question then: if the ultrasounds ultimately don’t matter at all, then why do abortion advocates care? For something so insignificant, they sure do fight them hard. The president of NOW, Terry O’Neill, compared them to rape. Amanda Marcotte, also at Slate, called it ritualized humiliation. Of course, in reality, ultrasounds are very much medically necessary — not just before an abortion, but after as well.
Beforehand, the doctor needs to know the woman’s gestational age, in order to figure out the appropriate method of abortion, as well as to ensure it isn’t an ectopic pregnancy. Afterwards, the abortionist needs to make sure that they got everything, because if any part of the baby remains, it can be deadly to the woman. So it isn’t that pro-aborts are truly concerned with the health of the woman in the ultrasound debate here.
Ultrasound images are powerful enough to make the founder of NARAL, Bernard Nathanson, renounce the pro-abortion movement and spend the rest of his life fighting to defend life. Pre-abortion ultrasounds have been described as emotional torture. Maybe most women who get an abortion aren’t swayed by seeing an ultrasound, although it’s important to keep in mind that this study was based off the records of one abortion clinic in Los Angeles. But the key in what infuriates abortion advocates so much probably lies in the women who are unsure, the ones who are likely to change their minds after seeing their unborn baby.