Eleven States: Ultrasounds Before Abortions

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Legislatures in 11 states are considering laws that would require ultrasounds before a woman receives an abortion.

Nebraska, Indiana and Texas may require physicians to show the image of the fetus to patients.

Click the player to watch the CBN News report followed by Pat Robertson's comments on why an ultrasound could be viewed as an invasion of privacy.

"Many times, these are young mothers who are in vulnerable situations. And they are about to make a very grave choice." said Nebraska Sen. Tony Fulton of Lincoln, who introduced the ultrasound bill there. "This is about informed consent."

Sen. Heath Mello, a Democrat who said he opposes abortion, signed on as a co-sponsor, calling the measure a "positive first step to reducing the number of abortions in Nebraska."

"It seemed like a good compromise, without bringing in the constitutional issues seen in other states," he said.

Fulton said that lawmakers want to see the number of abortions decrease.

"Let's give this information to a mother who's about to make a huge decision," he said.

Sooner State's Law

Oklahoma has passed the only law in the country that requires that the image of the fetus be shown to the woman, even if she refuses to look at it.

The doctor must also describe what is seen in the photo.

Sixteen states currently have laws concerning abortion ultrasounds.

A New York group called the Center for Reproductive Rights is challenging Oklahoma's law in court.

They say the law intrudes on privacy and endangers health.

"They really do not even veil their goal, which is to make a woman feel badly and to make her change her mind," said Celine Mizrahi, a lawyer for the New York-based center. "It really is a ridiculous position to put the doctor and patient in."

But supporters of the law says it is about making sure the pregnant woman is informed before making her decision.

Sources: CBN News. The Associated Press

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