Op, thanks for asking people to debate the topic not the poster.
I think anatomy scans should be compulsory (in conjunction with robust counsellIng) for non medical abortions. For a couple of reasons:
1) To ensure that the mother fully comprehends what she is about to do ....so that down the track there are no regrets that lead to severe distress for the mother.
- I just spent last night comforting a good friend who like a previous poster became distressed after seeing the 60 minutes 'selective reduction' story. My friend had an abortion several years ago because she was in shock falling pregnant soon after the birth of another child. She thought her and hubby were not in a position to bring another child into the world. From what she's told me she blocked out
Everything and went into robotic mode. I think she was stressed (ppd?) and made a decision without fully comprehending it. She totally regrets the abortion and can't believe she did it, or that the process was allowed to be so easy. If she would have had an anatomy scan she would have bonded with the bub and be happy with a toddler right now (her words).
- I believe women should be in 100% sound mind and understand 100% what they are doing before an abortion is allowed
2) The baby is a living being .... To ensure that the mother comprehends 100% what they are about to do....It's the least that can be done before ending the bubba's life.
3) cost/benefit: i understand that the scans may cause additional stress to women who will go through with an abortion anyway. But it may also save some bubba's...and reduce heartache in the long run. To me, the benefits outweigh the cost.