Start Mandating ultrasounds before abortions

Mandating ultrasounds before abortions

The bill had been slated for a House floor debate this week. The groundswell of debate is cloaked in nuances that are subtle and abstruse.

In this case, argued before Judge Tanya Pratt of the U. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, PPINK argues that requiring a woman to receive an ultrasound 18 hours before a scheduled abortion is unconstitutional and seeks a preliminary injunction.

The relevant portion of the law states, “At least eighteen (18) hours before an abortion is performed and at the same time that the pregnant woman receives the information required by [the state’s informed consent laws], the provider shall perform, and the pregnant woman shall view, the fetal ultrasound imaging and hear the auscultation of the fetal heart tone if the fetal heart tone is audible unless the pregnant woman certifies in writing” that she does not want to do so.

Proponents of the bill see it as a salvo in the ongoing battle against the abortion law.

Opponents of the bill view it as the latest attempt to erode abortion rights.

These onerous and medically unnecessary regulations on abortion providers include requiring that hallways in a health center measure a certain width. Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court has never wavered from this principle.

TRAP regulations have nothing to do with improving the health or safety of women, and everything to do with politics. Yet extreme bans on abortion continue to arise in state legislatures, including bans on abortion at just six weeks of pregnancy.

Twenty states already have laws dictating rules for ultrasounds, according to the Guttmacher Institute.