From the people who lather up over government intrusion into private lives, and caution Real Americans against a socialist takeover of health care, we have the following proposed and actual regulations addressing abortion:
Changing course after an unwelcome national uproar, the Virginia Senate adopted a revised bill on Tuesday that still requires doctors to perform an ultrasound on women before they have an abortion, but also says that women cannot be forced to have an invasive vaginal ultrasound.
Opponents referred to the original bill as “state rape.”
Virginia would become the eighth state to require that women have ultrasounds before abortions and also be “offered” descriptions of the fetus. Anti-abortion advocates hope these mandates will persuade some women not to go through with an abortion, but many doctors and advocates for abortion rights describe them as an intrusive violation of doctor-patient relations.
In Alabama….the existing bill mandates that the screen must face the pregnant woman and requires use of the scanning method that provides the clearest image — which would mean vaginal ultrasounds in most cases…. The bill would contain some of the country’s strongest pre-abortion mandates…. it would require the ultrasound screen to face the woman while the doctor narrates the images…… Doctors who do not follow the prescribed routines could face felony charges and could be sued by the potential father and grandparents.
The choice is between vaginal ultrasounds, which involve placing a probe inside the body, or the more familiar abdominal procedure, done externally…. [T]he bills under active consideration in several states, including Pennsylvania and Mississippi, require detailed fetal images that would in practice require many patients to have vaginal ultrasounds.
In Mississippi, a bill working its way through committee requires an ultrasound that provides an image of high quality, which cannot be achieved with abdominal procedures in the initial months of pregnancy. The woman must be offered a chance to see the image and hear the fetal heartbeat. She cannot avoid hearing a description of the sonogram unless, among other things, she is a victim of sexual assault or incest or the fetus is medically compromised.
The Pennsylvania legislature is considering a law [that] would require vaginal probes in many cases, display of the scanning screen to the patient and a printout of the image for inclusion in the patient’s medical records. It would also impose a 24-hour waiting period between ultrasound and abortion that critics say would be a burden for some women….Labeled the Women’s Right to Know Act, the bill is opposed by the Pennsylvania Medical Society and other medical groups.