Now Alalaba has a similar biill (to Virginia's pre-abortion bill) in the works. It would require the doc to do an ultrasound, if not, the doc would get hefty fine. I was reading some statistics on the amazing surge in legislation this year regarding requirements prior to an abortion. I guess if I got this straight, the women would be forced to look at the ultrasound, and I think (but not 100%) that this would be required even in cases of rape.
Is this what many Republicans call the need for small gov't?
As someone on tv said, its really the Shame Women legislation.
Here's some info form WHNT news......
WHNT News 19 Reporter, Daniela Perallon
10:57 p.m. CST, February 24, 2012
Senate Bill 12 has passed the health committee and could face debate on the Senate floor as early as next Tuesday.
The bill is sponsored by 9th district Republican Senator Clay Scofield.
The bill would require women seeking an abortion to submit to either a transabdominal or transvaginal ultrasound. The woman would have no say in what type of ultrasound would be performed, rather it would be determined by the physician based on which ultrasound would provide the clearest image of the embryo or fetus.
Already pro-choice advocates are speaking out.
On Senator Scofield's Facebook page one woman wrote "please stay out of my uterus, thanks." One man compares SB 12 to "government rape."
Another woman writes, "As one of your constituents I'd like to say that SB 12 is a slap in the face to grown women of Alabama who are fully capable of making decisions without being forced to undergo a horribly intrusive, medically unnecessary procedure."
Scofield believes the procedure would allow women to be better informed.
"The basis behind this this legislation is to make sure that a woman has all the information she can get at her disposal before she makes what might be the most difficult decision in her life," said Scofield. "By seeing an image of an unborn child in the womb, a person can tell that it is not just a "clump of cells". I have heard from women who, at an early age, had an abortion, and explained how they would have changed their minds had they seen an actual image of the child in their womb."
Scofield says the exact bill passed the Alabama Senate last year, and the issue over transvaginal ultrasounds never came up.
In response to the outcry over that portion of the bill, Scofield says, "my colleagues who support this bill and I will be taking a serious look at this portion of the bill before moving forward."
Senator Greg Reed, a chairperson of the Senate Health Committee, is also the Vice President of Preferred Medical Systems, a company that sells ultrasound equipment.
UPDATE -- I just read that on Sunday, the Gov said he didn't learn about the bill until he read about it on Huffington Post. And, I guess the sponsor of the bill, then agreed to modify it .... before the type of ultrasound that wouuld be performed, would be determined by the physician based on which ultrasound would provide the clearest image of the embryo or fetus. But newsflash, now the women would have, wait for, here's the change, the women could CHOOSE which type of ultrasound they want, no matter that their doc didn't need to do one for medical reasons. Ah..... that's what they say is choice.