Avert Your Eyes
Perry declares emergency for ultrasounds before abortion
As it stands, most abortion providers actually do require an ultrasound prior to performing an abortion. The problem that many women's health advocates have is a more principled one: The bills currently filed – House Bill 325 by Rep. Todd Smith, R-Euless, and Senate Bill 130 by Houston GOP Sen. Dan Patrick – would require that a doctor show the fetal image to the woman (she may avert her eyes) while giving a detailed explanation of fetal development and playing for her the fetal heartbeat. In short, the proposed law is invasive and, frankly, insensitive – another of many legislative proposals over the years presuming that women seeking abortion do not take the decision seriously but are nonetheless perfectly fit to rear children. Now there's an issue in serious need of a solution.