In Nebraska, if you are seeking an abortion, the law requires you to have an ultrasound. During that ultrasound, the doctor must make sure you can see the images on the monitor easily. For a whole fucking hour (which may not sound like a lot to some people but it truly is). This bill, called LB675 and also known as “Mother’s Right to See Her Unborn Child Ultrasound Bill,” passed in the state legislature 40 to 5 in 2009. And as though this invasive, pseudo-concerned bill wasn’t enough violation of a woman’s reproductive rights, one group is now pushing for more.
Nebraska Right To Life, an anti-abortion organization, is trying to get a piece of legislation through that “would require that so-called 4-D ultrasound images of an unborn fetus be posted on a Nebraska state website.”
And Nebraska Right To Life is apparently starting to team up: according to ABC News, they’ve been in contact with Kansas for Life, the group that pursued and helped pass Kansas’ own 4-D imaging law.
Both groups’ websites are complete with plenty of propaganda, as well as tons of photos of children–a piece of pointed indoctrination in itself. If every human life is precious, why put only the youngest human beings–almost always Caucasian–on there? Why not a minority? Or a child with disabilities? Why not put the elderly there, who also living human beings alive because they were not aborted as fetuses? These photos of little children that anti-choice groups put up are the ones they believe you’ll find most sympathetic, which is absolutely meant to persuade uncertain visitors.
I think one of the most aggravating things about both of these laws is their incredibly misleading titles. “Women’s Right to Know”? “Mother’s Right to See”? We have the right to see these things already; it’s not a right that’s being given, it’s one that’s being taken away completely. Anti-choice groups don’t just want to take the choice to have a child away from you–they want to take the choice for all other aspects away, as well. This isn’t a “right.” It’s a requirement.
(By the way, if you’re wondering why there’s a picture of a cat on an ultrasound at the top of this post, it’s because I don’t really feel like posting photos of an actual 4-D human ultrasound for a piece about why forcing women to see ultrasounds is not okay. I figured the cat worked.)