Ultrasound Requirements and the Battle Over Abortion

Ultrasound Requirements and the Battle Over Abortion

A growing number of states have passed laws requiring women to have an ultrasound before an abortion. Opponents call it an invasion of privacy. The latest tactic in the battle over abortion.

The Virginia legislature has approved a bill requiring women to undergo an ultrasound and 24-hour waiting period before having an abortion. Virginia's governor had expressed support for the bill but appeared to back off following protests. If signed into law, clinics would be required to ask women if they wanted to see the sonogram. Seven other states have some kind of ultrasound requirement. Supporters hope seeing an image of a fetus will make women change their mind about terminating their pregnancy. Critics say it's an effort to shame and harass women who have a legal right to an abortion. Ultrasounds and the abortion battle.


Carol Tobias

president, National Right to Life Committee.

Karen Tumulty

national political reporter, The Washington Post.

Nancy Keenan

president of NARAL, Pro-Choice America.

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