Carolyn Jones made the wrenching decision to end her pregnancy after learning that her unborn son had severe disabilities.
Before she could get an abortion, the law required her to view her baby on ultrasound and hear detailed descriptions of his anatomy, an experience she calls “barbaric.” Carolyn Jones was pregnant with her second child, a much-wanted brother for her 2-year-old daughter, when what should have been an ordinary ultrasound turned into anything but.
They argue that abortions are an unfortunate outcome and that lowering the number of abortions through these kinds of methods is, therefore, a good thing.
Further, while women may have the right to their bodies and the choice of abortion, opponents argue that opting for an abortion is still immoral, and thus justifies the state intervening to try to persuade women against it.
Forcing a patient to undergo a medically unnecessary procedure is unethical and demeaning, but that’s exactly what mandatory ultrasound laws do to women seeking abortion care.
For most women seeking abortion care, an ultrasound is not medically necessary.
Every woman should be able to make the medical decisions that are best for her and her family.
They see women as fully capable of understanding the implications of abortions and that these laws insult their intelligence by imagining the government has something to teach them.
A woman may be required to pay for the medically unnecessary ultrasound, whether she has asked for one or not, and some states don’t even include exceptions for survivors of rape or incest.
We will keep fighting against legislation that violates women’s freedom and privacy.
Oklahoma, Texas, and Arizona, for example, have all passed such laws between 20.
Advocates of these laws intend to give women imagery and information about the unborn fetus that could change their minds.
That same day, she went to a Planned Parenthood clinic for the abortion.