Georgia Legislator Wants to Stop Women From Seeing Ultrasound of Their Baby Before Abortion

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jan 16, 2020   |   1:26PM   |   Atlanta, GA

A Georgia lawmaker would allow the abortion industry to keep women in the dark about their unborn babies through a new bill to weaken state informed consent requirements.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports state Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick, D-Lithonia, filed House Bill 746 in reaction to Georgia’s heartbeat law, which passed in 2019. The law protects unborn babies from abortion once their heartbeats are detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy; but it is not being enforced because of a court challenge.

Kendrick’s bill would allow women to bypass requirements in the state Women’s Right to Know Act, including seeing their unborn baby’s image and hearing their heartbeat, going through counseling, receiving information about abortion risks and alternatives and waiting 24 hours after counseling to go through with the abortion.

She claimed the informed consent requirements do not serve any purpose other than to delay women’s abortions.

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According to the newspaper, her bill has almost no chance of passing.

For years, abortion activists have been working against informed consent legislation, keeping women uninformed about their unborn babies by fighting against laws allowing them to hear their baby’s heartbeat or see their baby on an ultrasound screen. These basic facts help change women’s minds and often prompt them to choose life for their unborn babies. They also cut into the abortion industry’s profits.

Ultrasounds provide valuable information to pregnant moms as they consider abortion. A survey by the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates found that 78 percent of abortion-minded or abortion-vulnerable women chose life after seeing an ultrasound image of their unborn baby. Most women (83.5 percent) also said the ultrasound had a positive impact on their decision to choose life for their baby.