South Dakota joined the ranks of eleven other states this week and enacted legislation requiring that a woman considering abortion be given an opportunity to see an ultrasound of her unborn child.
This is yet another victory in minimizing the effect of Roe v. Wade. Countless women have changed their minds after seeing their unborn children in ultrasounds.
In addition, South Dakota’s statute contains a provision that requires abortion practitioners to report the number of times a woman was shown or declined to see the ultrasound and what percentage of women in each category ultimately had an abortion. Such information will demonstrate just how effective ultrasound legislation is in decreasing the number of abortions state-wide.
Other states mandating some form of ultrasound requirement include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wisconsin.
To date, none of these state laws have been challenged in court—abortion proponents know that such laws are constitutionally sound. But that is not to say that bills such as that passed in South Dakota are not challenged in the legislative process; Planned Parenthood and its cronies know just how effective ultrasound legislation is. Fortunately, the legislators and governor in South Dakota did not buy into their rhetoric.
Other states considering ultrasound legislation in 2008 are Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.