Pro-life Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson signs bill strengthening state’s ultrasound law

By Dave Andrusko

Continuing a banner year for pro-lifers in Arkansas. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed Senate Bill 85 which bolsters the state’s current ultrasound law.

SB 85 received overwhelming support, first in the Senate (29-6) and then the House  (74-14).

Sponsored by Sen. Cecile Bledsoe, Senate Bill 85 requires abortion facilities to “display the ultrasound images so that the pregnant woman may view them,” describe the unborn baby’s development, including the dimensions of the unborn child,  as well as tell the woman the number of unborn children seen in the ultrasound.

Sen. Bledsoe told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “This is for her edification, for her knowledge, because there are so many myths and misnomers out there about abortion.”  Before the vote was taken in the Senate, she added, “It is important for the mother to see the ultrasound image before the abortion rather than after, when it is too late.”

The Arkansas law  is an example of what are called Ultrasound Right to View laws.  “These laws mainly require abortion facilities to offer a pregnant mother the opportunity to view an ultrasound of her unborn child before an abortion is performed,” Ingrid Duran, Director, Department of State Legislation, told NRL News Today.

“With the governor’s signature, five states now require that the ultrasound screen be displayed within her line of sight so she may view her ultrasound if she wants to look.  This is different than the other state laws that require that the mother be offered a chance to see the ultrasound image.”