An Oklahoma County District Judge has blocked enforcement of a new state law that would require abortion clinics to provide each woman with an explained ultrasound image of her unborn child.
Each description would include fetal dimensions, age and whether a heartbeat, limbs and organs are present. Abortion supporters fought the law as “emotionally abusive.” The NY Center for Reproductive Rights challenged the law’s constitutionality using various arguments:
- that women might be forced to hear irrelevant medical info;
- that women are capable of caring for themselves;
- that the law violates doctor’s free speech rights.
But consider how ridiculous such complaints are in any other medical context– like cancer or even a “wanted” pregnancy with complications. Physicians outside the abortion arena do not withhold test results and do not avoid explaining the problems — no matter how uncomfortable or distraught the patient is when hearing the medical truth — because denying information will expose physicians to being sued.
However, abortionists know that aborted women will not seek justice in the courts for being denied information, and are thus willing to misinform women to secure the sale. That is why states are increasingly enacting informed consent requirements that include ultrasound provisions.
On its face, the Oklahoma law is “stronger” than the Kansas 2009 law requiring that clinics using ultrasounds during abortion offer women the choice to see, or refuse to see, the imaging. In addition, because Kansas’ Governor, Attorney General, state medical board and state Supreme Court are hostile to enforcement of abortion regulation, it is unknown if Kansas abortion laws are being subverted.