Pro-choice author: laws mandating ultrasound viewing just show women the truth

By Sarah Terzo

Pro-choice columnist and author  William Saletan writes about informed consent laws that require women seeking abortions to be offered the chance to view an ultrasound:

Critics complain that these bills seek to “bias,” “coerce,” and “guilt-trip” women. Come on. Women aren’t too weak to face the truth. If you don’t want to look at the video, you don’t have to. But you should look at it, and so should the guy who got you pregnant, because the decision you’re about to make is as grave as it gets.

Critics complain that these bills seek to “bias,” “coerce,” and “guilt-trip” women. Come on. Women aren’t too weak to face the truth. If you don’t want to look at the video, you don’t have to. …

Are ultrasound pushers trying to bias your decision? Of course. But of all the things they do to “inform” your decision, this is the least twisted…The image on the monitor may look like a blob, a baby, or neither. It certainly won’t follow some senator’s script. All it will show you is the truth.”

William Saletan. “Sex, Life, and Videotape” Slate APRIL 28 2007

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.