Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Turn the Screen

Prolife legislators in Michigan have introduced a bill that will make abortion providers give women the opportunity to see the ultrasound image of their unborn child and provide women with a picture of their unborn child. House Bill 4446 amends Michigan's informed consent act so that an abortion provider will have to:

"Perform an ultrasound on the patient, provide the patient with an opportunity to view the active ultrasound image of the fetus, and provide the patient with a physical picture of the ultrasound image of the fetus."

An unpublished study by a CPC in Boston found that viewing an image of their unborn child helped many women choose life.

"Evidence that ultrasound helps to persuade women not to abort came in an unpublished study by Eric Keroack, medical director of A Woman's Concern, a CPC in Boston. Keroack compared two 18-month periods in the crisis pregnancy center's history and kept data only on women who expressed interest in abortion. Without a sonogram, about 60 percent of 366 tracked women had abortions. But with a sonogram, 25 percent of 434 tracked women aborted. He estimated that 125 babies were born who would otherwise have been aborted."

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