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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Fetal Sonograms and the Real Pro-Choice Agenda

Just a lump of tissue? Sonogram of a baby at 9-weeks

A South Carolina state House committee has approved legislation that would require women seeking an abortion to view a sonogram of their child before going forward with the procedure.

A companion bill in the South Carolina Senate would require abortion providers to use an ultrasound to determine the gestational age of the unborn child and to review the sonograms with the mother.

The goal of these bills, according to Rep. Greg Delleney (R-Chester and York Counties), is “…to save lives and protect people from regret and inform women with the most accurate non-judgemental information that can be provided."

Lenna Neill, CEO of Piedmont Women’s Center believes the ultrasound requirement would be helpful because many women who seek abortions do so because they are scared and find themelves in a crisis situation. The decision to have the abortion is usually made in haste without a full understanding of what is actually being done.

Pro-choice groups were angered by the proposed legislation because they feel it would interfere with a woman’s constitutional right to have an abortion. They believe that the proposed legislation is actually a tool by which pro-lifers can intimidate women who already have decided to have an abortion. “This is not a place for interference by politicians," said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America

Sounds to me like Rush Limbaugh had someone like Nancy Keenan in mind when he coined the term feminazi. A feminazi, you will recall, is “a woman who gets mad when another woman is talked out of an abortion.”

In reality, the radicals on the left are distorting this issue. In no way will the law restrict and woman’s right to choose. The law would only require that women be given sufficient information to make a wise choice. If after viewing the sonograms, they still wish to proceed with the abortion, they are free to do so.

The left’s opposition to the South Carolina legislation puts their hypocrisy on display and exposes them as agents of double-talk. In public comments on abortion, the pro-choice crowd claims that they long for the day when abortions will be less frequent (1, 2, 3, 4). Yet any time a state attempts to pass a law requiring parental consent, waiting periods, counseling about alternatives and potential side effects, or sonograms, the left organizes opposition to the proposed bill.

Seems to me like all the “desire for less frequent abortion” talk is just that – talk. It is nothing but a sugar coating to make their selfish agenda more palatable for the general public.

The truth of the matter is that the radicals who determine the so-called “pro-choice” agenda do not actually want fewer abortions. They believe abortion is necessary to liberate women from a life of servitude. Abortion, they believe, gives a woman the right of self-determination (1, 2, 3).

Although the left will not admit it, the self-determination argument has turned out to be a lie. In reality, most women who seek abortions are doing so out of desperation, rather than as daring act of self-expression. Moreover, as Frederica Mathewes-Green points out, Roe v. Wade did not give women more options, rather “it made one option nearly inevitable”. And let us not forget, someone dies each time an abortion is successfully performed.

I personally applaud South Carolina for putting this bill forward. The governor of South Carolina has indicated that he will sign the bill. Hopefully, other states will follow their lead.


At 11:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice post Joe! It seems we always are interested in the same stories.

I'm torn on this bill. I'm not a fan of abortion, yet I'm also no fan of more laws. I'm not sure it's the governments job to tell someone what they have to do before they get an abortion.

I agree that it does not restrict a womans right to choose, it just seems to me that it is forcing people to look over something they may not want to.

This issue is so heated that distortion is inevitable. The left says the same thing when sensible restrictions on late term abortion are proposed. One of my professors is the VP for planned parenthood out here on the west coast and we are constantly arguing. She has this paranoid delusion that birth control is on the edge of being outlawed. Perspective is everything.



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