I think there is some value in showing the anatomy as I believe it should be part of making a well informed decision. In other areas of medical practice, the absence of information before undergoing any procedure is unheard of. Perhaps showing the mother the screen may be considered emotionally manipulative, but delivering information about the stage of the foetus isn't something I would consider outlandish
As far as I am aware singleton terminations are not performed by injecting anything into the fetus' heart? I imagine in the case of the 60 minutes story they would need to do this as a traditional termination would be dangerous to any remaining fetus. To answer the OP, absolutely not, a woman's reasons for wanting a termination could be easily skewed by seeing little arms and legs. I do believe counseling services need to be better, especially follow up appointments
IF women need them.
T 800 (29-05-2012)
I do not like the choice of aborting but I do support a woman's right to choose this option and so I am appalled by the suggestion that a woman should be forced to see an ultrasound and be told about the legs, arms etc.
This is simply a pro life, dare I say anti female, poorly veiled attempt by conservative governments to guilt women into continuing with a pregnancy and it is wrong on so many levels.
I do not know all the steps entailed in a termination but from the little I do know I do think that more counseling needs to be provided to ensure that a woman truly is making the decision of her choosing.
oh and my gp had no way of knowing how far i was, only my word, so i have no doubt that there are many women who go with little idea of how far they are - the ultrasound is a necessity imo, just maybe not forcing women to see it.
Last edited by twotrunks; 28-05-2012 at 22:49.
I think every woman has the right to bond with her baby. And we, as a society, should be ensuring that there is sufficient physical and emotional support for all children to be born and cared for.
Also in the States (Texas?) they brought in a 24hr wait rule where you stayed without your partner etc so you couldn't be coerced. Apparently the no. of abortions dropped dramatically. I think this is a good idea, too.
FTR I think the "my body, my choice" concept is not true. We shouldn't be self-harming or suiciding (there's a lot of funding going towards the prevention of these) - why should we abort, just cos its "my body"? What about the baby's body?
Abortion hurts women, physically and emotionally. And we're the most aborted gender!
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