Abortion clinics sell abortions. To expect an abortion clinic to be objective in describing abortion is like expecting a car dealership to be objective about buying a car. Clinics make money off of abortions. They don’t make money off of women having their babies.
For obvious reasons, abortion proponents oppose laws allowing women to see their ultrasounds before abortions. Even laws that do not require a woman to see her baby on the screen, but merely require her to be offered a chance are vigorously opposed by abortion rights organizations. They also fight crisis pregnancy centers, which often show women a sonogram of her baby in an attempt to allow her to make an informed choice.
Bill S. 340 Informed Choice Act Would have given grants to crisis pregnancy centers to buy ultrasound equipment
Kate Michelman president of NARAL pro-choice America said CPC would use ultrasound images to “intimidate” women also said “it never fails to amaze me how little respect they have for women’s capacity to understand what goes on in our bodies.”
David Crary “Abortion Foes Hope to Sway Pregnant Women with Ultrasound Images” Associated Press State and Local Wire February 1, 2001
The Woman’s Choice Network is a pro-life organization that helps women who were facing unplanned pregnancies and encourages them to choose life.
In 2011, the network assisted more than 1,500 women. Of the 172 who saw their sonogram when considering abortion, 123 continued the pregnancy.
Amy Scheuring, the executive director, said the following:
“The sonogram is just the first step. It’s day one of a two-year journey. Most of the work we will do comes after the sonogram,” Ms. Scheuring said, citing baby supplies, mentoring, assistance finding child care and other help.”
“We really leave it up to them, and we do have an occasional woman who doesn’t want to look,” she said. “But almost every woman, most every boyfriend and almost every weepy grandma in the room looks at that screen. They want to see. And the most common response we hear is ‘We had no idea.’ “
The late Dr. Bernard Nathanson performed thousands of abortions before becoming pro-life. He claims that the reason he stopped doing abortions was because he began to have doubts about the humanity of the unborn baby due to advances in technology, including the availability of ultrasounds. He made the famous film “The Silent Scream” which had a major impact on the abortion debate in the 1980s when it was produced. He says this of the taping of the famous video:
“By 1984, however, I had begun to ask myself more questions about abortion: what actually goes on in an abortion? I had done many, but abortion is a blind procedure. The doctor does not see what he’s doing. He puts an instrument into a uterus and he turns on a motor, and the suction machine goes on and something is vacuumed out; it ends up as a little pile of meat in a gauze bag. I wanted to know what happened, so in 1984 I said to a friend of mine, who was doing 15 or maybe 20 abortions a day, “Look, do me a favor, Jay. Next Saturday, when you are doing all these abortions, put an ultrasound device on the mother and tape it for me.”
He did, and when he looked at the tapes with me in an editing studio, he was so affected that he never did another abortion. I, though I had not done an abortion in five years, was shaken to the very roots of my soul by what I saw.”
“Recently at our Morristown center, I served a young, strong-willed woman, named Gina. She came with some supportive friends to receive options counseling before getting an abortion. While Gina waited with her friends, another client stopped by our office. The two were family acquaintances and immediately the current client began questioning Gina about why she was at First Choice. As soon as Gina mentioned she was pregnant and that she was terminating, the other client began telling her why she was making such a bad decision. At first, I thought this was great, because the other client was instructing Gina to keep the baby and not abort. However, as soon as I sat down with Gina she clearly stated, “No one can change my mind about getting an abortion! Not my friends in the waiting room and not that girl who just came in, and definitely not you.” I let Gina know that was not my intention to force her not to abort but rather to present her with her options so she could make the best, most well-informed decision.
I began mentally preparing to alleviate myself of this client’s decision to terminate her pregnancy because her decision was not my burden to carry. I knew this was her choice and she was clearly set on it. After all, if she remained steadfast in her decision despite the people in her life encouraging her not to abort, why would she respect the information I had to share with her?
Gina and I met for about an hour and it was such a pleasant time. I got to know her and her family dynamics, life objectives, and relationship with the father of her baby. I reviewed information on abortion with her and invited her to listen as I discussed the options of parenting and adoption so that she could truly make the best decision for herself. She welcomed the opportunity and afterwards thanked me for helping her to think about the pregnancy from other perspectives. But even after our time together, Gina was firm in decision to abort.
Then Gina had an ultrasound, and it was life changing! Immediately after looking at the monitor, Gina looked at our nurse and me and said, “Yo, that’s it! That’s my baby!” (This was the first time she identified “it” as a baby.) “I can do this!” It was such a turn of events…”
A married woman who became pregnant at age 39 after she had already had all the children she wanted weighed abortion and decided she would probably keep the baby. But:
“Unfortunately, she says, her maternal instincts did not respond to reason: when a young friend placed her baby in her arms, she found herself looking with distaste into “a little scrunched face inspiring no tenderness, only intends tedium at the thought of tending him. What was I going to do with the baby I couldn’t return to his mother?” She arranged to have amniocentesis once they got to England, though she was not sure – despite her reservations – what it would cost her emotionally to have an abortion if something were wrong. When told she had as much chance of having a miscarriage from the amniocentesis as she did, at her age, of having a Down syndrome child, she hoped for the miscarriage: “That is until, lying on the table where the procedure was to take place, I saw the ultrasound scan on a television monitor above me reveal the perfectly shaped head of the child I carried. I wanted that baby!”
Faith Abbott “a Tale of Two Women” Human Life Review, Spring 1993 in Tamara L Roleff. Abortion: Opposing Viewpoints (San Diego, Greenhaven Press, 1997) 111 to 112
Dr. Stuart Campbell, former abortionist, referring to advances in ultrasound imaging:
“Even a fetus lying there dead doesn’t convey the horror that one experiences seeing a baby moving its arms and legs, opening its mouth, sucking its thumb, and then thinking, gosh, somebody wants to, you know… It looks so vital. It has changed my view. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.”
(Campbell is a pioneer of pregnancy scans, he regularly performed abortions, until he left the NHS practice.)
Stuart Campbell “The Hidden Wonders of New Life” The Tablet October 7 2004 Quoted in Deathroe