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I don't think a woman should be forced to have an ultrasound, but many times the procedure is for the benefit of the mother as well, which could be true whether or not the baby will be carried to full term.
They are talking about mandating INTRAVAGINAL ULTRASOUNDS, which most places don't even have the equipment for, as it is an outdated procedure. Also, this procedure is not only an outdated method of ultrasound (a huge, dildo like probe is inserted into the vagina, and it was used before the much more effective 4 D Ultrasound, but is now outdated technology
.) They are NOT talking about abdominal ultrasound, which in most cases of termination don't even need to be done.
Even when Intravaginal Ultrasounds were used, they were only used in very early pregnancy, before the fundus of the uterus protruded over the pelvic bone. With newer regular ultrasounds, especially 4D ultrasounds, there is no need for this outdated technology. None of the OBs I know even have Intravaginal Ultrasound equipment in their offices anymore.
This procedure is invasive and can be very humiliating. Some anti-choice proponents want to force
the woman to watch the entire thing on the screen.
There is simply NO reason to do intravaginal ultrasounds before a pregnancy termination
I'd also like to know, in the absence of severe abdominal pain and/or bleeding, in what
cases would even abdominal ultrasounds be necessary before a termination?