USA Today, Right to Life official debate ultrasound mandate

In an editorial this morning, USA Today says that “under laws enacted in Texas, Oklahoma and North Carolina, the ultrasound screen must be turned so women can see the image.”

Furthermore, “the doctor must describe the size of the fetus and any viewable organs or limbs.”

USA Today concludes, “Decisions about legal medical procedures should be up to physicians and their patients, not state legislators. The government doesn’t prescribe what cancer treatments doctors should use or what they should say to cancer patients. Similarly, the government has no place in an abortion clinic’s examining room or putting words in the mouths of physicians.”

In an accompanying opinion piece in USA Today, Mary Spaulding Balch, director of state legislation for the National Right to Life Committee, says that “in the ultrasound debate, the true paternalists are those who would ‘shelter’ women from seeing their unborn child’s beating heart at 22 days, or viewing her kicking and moving inside the womb at seven weeks.”

She goes on to write, “Ultrasound is a window to the womb allowing the mother to view for herself what is inside her, seeing not opinion but objective and accurate fact.”

I’m with Right to Life on this one.

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