This past weekend, University of South Florida professor, Diane Price Herndl, spoke at an abortion celebration. At the event she claimed that laws that require women to have an ultrasound prior to an abortion are the same as rape.
She said, “We require in various states to do trans-vaginal ultrasounds before abortion, which by every state law, the involuntary introduction of an object into a woman’s vagina is rape, so in certain states we are requiring physicians to rape their patients.”
Unfortunately, this argument against ultrasound legislation is not unheard of among abortion proponents. However, the truth is they simply don’t want women to see their baby prior to an abortion. The ultrasound bill, which is know as the Women’s Right to Know Act in many states, 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.
The State Legislative Director of National Right to Life, Mary Balch, explained the importance of ultrasound laws with USA Today:
“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.
Additionally, if Professor Herndl believes that inserting any object into a woman’s vagina qualifies as rape, than abortion itself meets that criterion. The truth is almost all abortions involve vaginal probing, even the suction aspiration abortion, which takes place in the first trimester of pregnancy.
Surveying 72 of the abortion businesses that sold the abortion pill to women, the researchers found abortion facilities frequently use vaginal ultrasounds before an abortion to determine the gestational age of the baby or afterwards to determine if the abortion was complete. In fact, 99 percent of the abortion facilities surveyed always or sometimes performed an ultrasound in association with the surgical abortion — while just one percent did not.
To watch Professor Herndl argue that ultrasounds qualify as rape, watch the video below.