Today, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal from North Carolina to review a lower court ruling striking down its ultrasound law, which would have required abortionists to show an ultrasound to a pregnant woman before she has an abortion.For most any medical procedure, doctors are required to give all of the information necessary to allow the patient to weigh her options with full informed consent.
Yet when it comes to the issue of abortion in North Carolina, women will be denied the right to full and informed consent about a life and death decision now that abortionists aren’t required to show women an ultrasound of their baby.
While this decision affects North Carolina’s law, it does not impact the ultrasound laws currently in 23 other states.Women deserve to have full knowledge about the development of their baby in order to make a free and informed choice about a major decision like aborting their unborn child.
What recent research shows is that almost 80% of abortion at-risk women who see an ultrasound choose to keep their baby. When asked whether ultrasound confirmation of pregnancy has a positive impact upon an abortion-minded mother who chooses to keep her baby 83.5% said “Absolutely,” 15.76% said “More than likely,” and less than 1% said, “Only a small impact.”
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These women were able to make fully informed choices because they were not denied the simple facts an ultrasound conveys. Why deny women the truth and knowledge about their baby’s development?
What is truly empowering to women is to give them the tools to make a fully informed choice.
Ultrasound laws are such tools, and the Supreme Court should have accepted the appeal and allowed North Carolina to join the 23 other states with ultrasound laws which value a woman’s right to full and informed consent.
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