No Harm if it's Just a Fetus

Monday, March 20, 2006

There's simply no reason to oppose this law, as it will have zero impact on a woman's quest to terminate her pregnancy:

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Jennifer Granholm will sign a bill requiring abortion providers to give pregnant women the option to see ultrasound images of their fetuses, a spokeswoman says.

Granholm generally has opposed anti-abortion legislation, but the bill was amended so it no longer requires pregnant women to see the ultrasound images, spokeswoman Liz Boyd said Sunday.

Critics called it a further erosion of women's rights.

The ultrasound bill is one of the "small, incremental steps...all designed to put up barriers" to legal abortion, Kary Moss, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, told the Detroit Free Press.

Oh quite the contrary, Ms. Moss. This law takes down barriers, because it gives women who are making an important medical decision an additional tool. All women should embrace this law. If an athlete can see an MRI of his shoulder before deciding to undergo season-ending surgery, then it would only be appropriate for a woman to be allowed to see her fetus before aborting it. This is, after all, completely optional on the part of the mother...or almost-mother.

And besides, if what's growing inside a woman's uterus is just a fetus or a "bundle of cells," what's the harm of seeing the thing before making the decision to get rid of it?