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Alabama one of 8 states requiring women seeking abortion to have ultrasoundcomment (0)

February 13, 2014


Ultrasounds save lives.

Meredith Moorer has seen it happen many times.

“Our experience is that about 84 percent of women who are considering abortion will change their minds after seeing an ultrasound, and those numbers apply nationally as well,” said Moorer, client services and volunteer coordinator for Sav-A-Life in Birmingham.

Few things have done more for the pro-life movement than the ultrasound. 3-D and 4-D images now allow glimpses of babies inside the womb that are so clear they can compel a future grandfather to cry, as happened recently in the Downtown Dallas Pregnancy Center. 

The center’s director, Carolyn Cline, saw a father come in with his 17-year-old pregnant daughter recently, believing abortion to be the best option. But after seeing the ultrasound and hearing the unborn baby’s heartbeat, tears ran down the man’s cheeks.

“There’s my grandchild,” he said. Then he turned to his daughter and said, “We are going to do this together.”

“It brings truth and reality into the room,” Cline said. “I’m so excited that science has caught up with the Bible.”

A total of 19 states have considered ultrasound requirements prior to abortion procedures. Alabama is one of eight states that require a woman seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound and an opportunity to view the image before having an abortion. Five states, Louisiana, Texas, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and North Carolina, have passed laws that not only require an ultrasound but also require that the provider show and/or describe the image, according to the website of the Guttmacher Institute. 

Oklahoma’s viewing requirement is currently unenforceable pending a court decision. In January a federal judge threw out North Carolina’s Woman’s Right to Know Act (H.B. 854), which requires abortionists to display an ultrasound image of a woman’s pre-born child to her prior to an abortion and also to offer the opportunity to hear the baby’s heartbeat.

Steven H. Aden, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, in a written response, stated, “Giving women the information they need before such a weighty moral and medical decision is more important than an abortionist’s bottom line.”

Moorer said for the 9,000 women each year in Alabama who find themselves facing an unplanned pregnancy, an ultrasound provides information that cannot be found in pamphlets. “An ultrasound gives a woman more information on the development of her child, perhaps to make a choice different than abortion. It’s just a good tool to help her see what’s going on and make a more informed choice.”

(World, BP, Carrie Brown McWhorter)

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