By Dave Andrusko
On Monday, Arkansas’ pro-life House joined Arkansas’ pro-life Senate in strengthening the state’s current ultrasound law. Senate Bill 85 has been sent to the desk of Gov. Asa Hutchison.
The vote in the House (74-14) mirrored the overwhelming support in the Senate (29-6). According to the Associated Press. Similar requirements are in place in four other states.
Senate Bill 85, sponsored by Sen. Cecile Bledsoe, would require 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.”
States have passed Informed Consent/Woman’s Right to Know Laws going all the way back to 1992. “These laws are effective in lowering the abortion rate and protecting unborn children because pregnant mothers are able to receive factual scientific information on the development of unborn children as well as information on local resources that offer alternatives to abortion,” Ingrid Duran, Director, Department of State Legislation, told NRL News Today .
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,” Duran explained.
“Four 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.”