Christian Medical Association has a request before the U.S. Supreme Court, submitted in hopes the justices will uphold a state law that's been proven to save the lives of the unborn.
"Indiana had a law that required that a woman have an opportunity to look at an ultrasound as part of informed consent before she made the decision on an abortion," says Dr. David Stevens of Christian Medical Association. "The law already requires an 18-hour waiting period – and unfortunately the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit overruled that. We're asking the Supreme Court to review it."
Stevens argues that a woman cannot make an informed consent decision without knowing what kind of a decision she's making. He shares a personal story:
"I remember my wife was going to have surgery and they brought in the CT scan and showed her where the problem was and [explained to her] This is what we're going to do and here are the risks and here are the benefits – and she made a decision."
He continues: "In abortion, that is often not required, and Planned Parenthood and other organizations are very opposed to ultrasound being shown to women – because 80 to 90 percent of the time they make a decision not to abort once they see a beating heart and the baby moving.
"So, this is good medicine and it's also good for life."
According to the Guttmacher Institute, 14 states require verbal counseling or written materials to include information on accessing ultrasound services. Twenty-six states regulate the provision of ultrasound by abortion providers.
- Three states mandate that an abortion provider perform an ultrasound on each woman seeking an abortion and requires the provider to show and describe the image.
- Eleven states mandate that an abortion provider perform an ultrasound on each woman seeking an abortion, and nine of these require the provider to offer the woman the opportunity to view the image.
- Nine states require that a woman be provided with the opportunity to view an ultrasound image if her provider performs the procedure as part of the preparation for an abortion.
- Six states require that a woman be provided with the opportunity to view an ultrasound image.
"If this is not looked at by the U.S. Supreme Court, it could overturn the laws in many states based on the Seventh Circuit Court decision," Stevens concludes.