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Ultrasounds Before Abortions Bill In South Carolina Gets Approval

By Carolyn E. Price     Mar 22, 2007 in Health
In yet another white male's attempt to scare women into not having abortions, Rep. Greg Delleney's bill that requires a doctor to "verify the probable gestational age of the embryo or fetus by using an obstetric ultrasound" got second reading approval.
The South Carolina house has given approval to a bill that would make it the law that every women seeking an abortion would have to look at an ultrasound before she could get the abortion. The bill passed a second reading Wednesday. A third, usually formality third reading will take place later. If this bill is passed into law, it would be the first of its kind in the United States.
Rep. Greg Delleney (R-Chester and York Counties), is the bill's key sponsor. "I'm just trying to save lives and protect people from regret and inform women with the most accurate non-judgemental information that can be provided", he says.
Let's be clear about this. This has nothing to do with verifying the "gestational age" of an embryo or fetus. It has everything to do with browbeating women into having babies that they don't want and could possibly toss out in like garbage. Don't think that'll happen, please see my post entitled Newborn Baby Found Dead Behind Motel Was Alive At Birth.
The bill also requires the abortionist to go over the ultrasound images with a woman who wants an abortion and then have that woman certify in writing, before the abortion is performed, that yes, she actually did look at the pictures of that little wee baby floating around in her uterus. What, you think she'll just fall smack dab in love with it? It's all about delay, delay, and more delay; hopefully then it'll be too late.
Let's put this into context. The man behind this bill, Rep. Delleney, is the same one who has introduced the following in the last year: a bill that would amend the code laws of South Carolina that for the purposes of a civil cause of action, the term "person" should include an unborn child and that the term "unborn child" should mean an child in utero; a bill that says that marriage between one man and one woman is the only lawful domestic union that is to be recognized in the state of South Carolina and that South Carolina would not recognize a "domestic union created by another jurisdiction"; a bill that recognizes the validity of a resident of another state who holds a concealed weapons permit to be allowed to carry that weapon in South Carolina.
So basically, he's trying to do the following: scare women into not having abortions, potentially allow people to sue to stop an abortion by gaining "rights" for an unborn child; stop those dastardly gays from getting married and/or coming to South Carolina and saying they are married; and let all those NRA'ers carry their concealed weapons when they come to South Carolina. Are you getting a clearer picture of this man now?
South Carolina already has laws that require a woman to pass a series of prerequisites before she gets an abortion. The prerequisites include reviewing abortion information and go through a waiting period. However, Delleney says that women are really in need of more information before they make a final decision. "From the calls I've gotten, I think some people wished there was an ultrasound requirement at the time they underwent the abortion procedure." Yes, that's right, we women are too stupid and just don't realize what it is that we are doing when we go out, willy nilly and have unprotected sex, get pregnant, abort our babies. We are putting as much thought into it like we do when we get our nails done. Hmmm, what color should I get this week?
Rep. Cobb-Hunter (D-Orangeburg County) says that the bill is too extreme. "I see it as some kind of emotional blackmail, and I think we're putting an undue burden on our healthcare providers and on folk who are providing those services."
She also says it creates privacy issues and doesn't give women credit that they can make their own reproductive decisions. "The supporters of this legislation seem to believe that women enter into this decision blindly or without a lot of thought."
This bill is similar to another I covered in post entitled Death Certificates On Abortions Proposed.
How long do women have to keep fighting against this crazy tide. Abortion is a right, and it is a woman's right to choose.
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