Pro-lifers in Kentucky, America won when a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the state’s law requiring abortionists to give women the opportunity to view ultrasound images of their children before an abortion.
Enacted in 2017, Kentucky’s Ultrasound Informed Consent Act requires abortionists to perform ultrasounds prior to committing abortions, display and explain the images, play the audio of any foetal heartbeat, and offer women the opportunity to view the images. It does not force women to view them.
The left-wing American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued the state on behalf of Louisville abortion facility EMW Women’s Surgical Centre, and later that year U.S. District Court Judge David Hale blocked the law from being enforced. Now a 2-1 ruling from the Sixth Circuit has reversed that injunction, Courthouse News reports.
He explained that the ultrasound provides relevant information that gives a patient greater knowledge of the unborn life inside her. This also inherently provides the patient with more knowledge about the effect of an abortion procedure: it shows her what, or whom, she is consenting to terminate.
Informed consent is extensively regulated without controversy in most areas of medicine. But pro-lifers support while abortion activists oppose ultrasound requirements for their ability to convey the humanity of preborn babies and dissuade women from abortion.
Pro-life groups Save the Storks says four out of five pregnant women who see one of their free ultrasounds ultimately choose life. The similar ICU Mobile says its ultrasounds have convinced 56 per cent of women who had already decided on abortion to change their minds and 87 per cent of those who were undecided to choose life. In addition, a 2011 study by Quinnipiac University’s Mark Gius concluded that ultrasound laws had a very significant and negative effect on the abortion decision.