Well let me say Ughh to most of those laws .<quoted text>I read them. I feel we are still at an impasse on this one...the states whose ultrasound laws have not been overturned, are obliging women to undergo a procedure (trans-vaginal ultrasound in most cases, but trans-dermal in the rest) which their physician may or may not have recommended, but has been insisted upon by those who want to coerce her into making the decision THEY would prefer, rather than the one she went to the clinic to fulfill. It's coercion, Rose, because may of these states, I think 13 of them, require her to view the ultrasound, and have the fact that she did so documented by the physician, before an abortion can be legally performed.
My state legislature passed several laws last year, which were ruled Unconstitutional by our Supreme Court. One of which mandated women seeking an abortion to undergo, and view the results of, a trans-vaginal ultrasound beforehand, regardless of whether or not her doctor felt it was necessary - and I'm not just speaking of surgical abortions, but medical ones which don't require other invasive techniques.
Another, indemnified doctors from malpractice lawsuits, brought by women to whom the doctor had deliberately LIED about the condition of their fetuses, because the doctor THOUGHT they might consider abortion if they knew the truth. Doctors, under this law, would have been able to withhold information VITAL to that informed consent you speak of...without legal repercussions....just because of their BELIEF that the women might have CONSIDERED an abortion.
Another would have authorized a state-run website, onto which the age, county of residence, education level, occupation, and family size, of individual women obtaining an abortion would have been placed, for perusal by anyone who accessed the site.
All of these laws were passed in an effort to humiliate, coerce, and dehumanize women who seek a legal medical procedure. They were absurd, they were Unconstitutional, and they were overturned, thank goodness.
And I'm sorry, but I don't agree that people would have less, or even safer, sex, if abortion was illegal.
They would just have more unsafe abortions.
I CAN see rquiring it..and maybe the woman signs something that she HAD one... not viewed it..And this can cover the doc in case tge abortion goes bad.
If tests ars done..much as I hate abortion..the woman should always have access to the info ...esp from her OB..
I hete to say this but the measures you say were passed esp tge last sound like something thrown in to make sure they would be overthrown. Or sonething thrown in as a compromise to pass it.
When a simple bill saying that uktrasounds should be the standard of care for abortions and dekiveries eould have sufficed.
Have I said before I dont trust the pols. I dont.