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Anti-Abortion Ultrasounds — Let Them See

I’m liberal, and I support the Republican ultra sound bills.

If you’re unfamiliar with these bills, here’s a brief summation – some Republicans want to require women to have transvaginal ultrasounds before they’re allowed to have an abortion.

A transvaginal ultrasound is an ultra sound where a little wand goes into a woman’s hooha.  These kinds of ultrasounds are used in the early stages of pregnancy since they’re better at examining the fetus than transabdominal ones.

Many groups are outraged at these proposed bills.  They say they’re the equivalent of state-sanctioned rape.  Opponents of these bills say they are intended to humiliate women.

But I disagree.  Here’s why.

  1. If you’re going to have an abortion, you’re going to have something inserted in your hooha anyway.  Something even more invasive than that ultrasound wand.
  2. If you had a tumor in your vagina, doctors would perform ultrasounds to check out the tumor.  If a fetus is like a tumor to be removed, it only makes sense that the tumor be examined first.  (Which is actually a good idea as not all pregnancies are normal pregnancies – take, for example, molar ones).  People do not shriek in outrage when biopsies are performed.
  3. If you want to have an abortion and seeing the fetus or hearing the heartbeat makes you uncomfortable, maybe that should tell you something.  If it does not, then what does it matter to you if this is one step you have to go through before terminating the pregnancy?
Bud at 24 weeks, via transabdominal ultrasound

Bud at 24 weeks, via transabdominal ultrasound

Bud at 8 weeks, via transvaginal ultrasound

Bud at 8 weeks, via transvaginal ultrasound