Iowa Legislature Approves Bill Allowing Women to See Ultrasound of Their Baby Before an Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 4, 2015   |   1:30PM   |   Des Moines, IA

The Iowa legislature has put the final touches on a pro-life bill and the legislation now heads to the governor.

When women considering an abortion see an ultrasound of their unborn baby, they choose life and opt against having an abortion most of the time. Now, the Iowa state legislature has approved legislation helping women see ultrasounds at abortion clinics.

Jenifer Bowen, Executive Director, of Iowa Right to Life, tells she’s excited about passage of the bill to help women and unborn children.

“While Democrat lawmakers this year refused to budge on the funding of the abortion industry in Iowa, we were pleased to see them relent on this life-saving ultrasound language,” she said. “Each woman seeking an abortion will be offered the opportunity to view her baby’s image on the ultrasound.  She will also be ‘provided information regarding the options relative to a pregnancy, including continuing the pregnancy to term and retaining parental rights following the child’s birth, continuing the pregnancy to term and placing the child for adoption, and terminating the pregnancy.'”

“This language is very similar to the Ultrasound bill that passed out of the House a few months ago.  It acknowledges that research shows that ultrasounds save lives, and (like many other examples) codifies a standard of practice that will save the lives of children,” Bowen added.

Bowen said statistics continue to prove that abortion-vulnerable women, when given the opportunity to view her ultrasound image, choose life, reducing abortions by 70% to 90%.

She said abortion advocates will likely continue to rail against these “demeaning, traumatizing, unnecessary trans-vaginal ultrasounds.”



“However, one of the most confounding things is their inability to understand or admit that prior to every abortion, women are already receiving these ultrasounds. Oftentimes, by non-medical staff,” Bowen said.

ACTION: Contact Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and urge him to sign the bill.