Planned Parenthood: Women Should Not be Able to See Ultrasound of Their Baby Before Abortion

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jun 17, 2020   |   9:14AM   |   Des Moines, IA

Planned Parenthood does not trust women to make an informed decision about an abortion before going through with it.

Right now, the billion-dollar abortion chain is criticizing an Iowa bill that ensures abortion facilities give women the opportunity to see their unborn babies on an ultrasound and hear their baby’s heartbeat at least 24 hours prior to the abortion. In addition, Iowa requires abortion facilities to provide women with information about abortion risks and resources available for parenting and adoption, and to confirm in writing that women received it.

The Iowa legislature passed the pro-life waiting period bill on Sunday, and already Planned Parenthood is considering a legal challenge.

Local 5 reports the legislation is similar to a law that the Iowa Supreme Court struck down in 2018. The only difference is that the new legislation requires a 24-hour waiting period instead of a 72-hour wait.

Here’s more from the report:

Despite that Planned Parenthood of Iowa is hopeful this bill will meet the same fate as the previous one.

“Not only did [the supreme court] say the 72-hour wait period is unconstitutional, but it made clear that access to abortion is a fundamental right,” Iowa Planned Parenthood Executive Director Erin Dividson-Rippey said.

“[Abortion is] fundamentally covered in the Iowa constitution, just like free speech would be. That’s a very strong ruling, so we feel very fortunate that we do have that in place.”

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However, the 24-hour waiting period is more likely to withstand a potential legal challenge. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld similar legislation in the past.

“We always look for pathways that we can advance the pro-life movement,” said House Human Resource Committee Chairwoman Shannon Lundgren, R-Peosta, Sioux City Journal reports. “24 hours is not an unreasonable amount of time to think about a decision that impacts more than just one life.”

The pro-life measure is on its way to Gov. Kim Reynolds’ desk. She is a pro-life Republican.

Informed consent laws help protect unborn babies from abortion, and the abortion industry knows it. Research indicates that when women see ultrasound images of their unborn babies, they are more likely to choose life. A 2017 study out of the University of California San Francisco also suggests that some women do change their minds about abortion as a result of informed consent laws.

A majority of states require a waiting period prior to an abortion and 35 require informed consent counseling, which typically includes facts about an unborn baby’s development, the risks of abortion and alternatives to abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute.