Opposition to Sonogram Law Shows that Pro-Choice Means Pro-Abortion

The decisions by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to uphold the Texas sonogram law and deny a request to rehear the appeal have set off a firestorm of complaints from pro-choice forces.

Setting aside the rhetoric, the importance of the sonogram law and the appellate decisions upholding the law can be demonstrated by considering a different opinion from a different court delivered only a few months ago.

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In 2011, in Doe v. Planned Parenthood Chicago Area, the 1st District Appellate Court of Illinois rejected a woman’s lawsuit against an abortion clinic. The woman, identified as Mary Doe, previously had an abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic. Justice Rodolfo Garcia, writing the appellate opinion, held:

We accept as true the allegations in the plaintiff’s complaint. On December 8, 2004, the plaintiff, 19 years old and about 12 weeks pregnant, sought counseling and assistance from the defendant Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area (PP), an abortion clinic. The plaintiff asked a PP counselor whether an abortion would terminate the life of a human being in the biological sense. The counselor replied in the negative. The plaintiff told the counselor that she had been informed by a pregnancy help center that an abortion terminates the life of a human being. The counselor replied that pregnancy help centers often deliberately misrepresent the facts to prospective mothers. The counselor assured her that an abortion did not terminate the life of a human being. Given this assurance, the plaintiff decided to have an abortion that same day.

Justice Garcia then reviewed a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling from 2007, Acuna v. Turkish, and concluded:

We echo the observation of the New Jersey Supreme Court. No court, regardless of where it sits, has found a common law duty requiring doctors to tell their pregnant patients that aborting an embryo, or fetus, is the killing of an existing human being.

In sum, despite finding that Planned Parenthood had assured the expectant mother abortion does not terminate the life of a human being, and despite accepting that the expectant mother would not have had the abortion if told otherwise, the Appellate Court of Illinois rejected the lawsuit.

Needless to say, since the courts are unable to find a common law duty requiring doctors and other abortion providers to tell the truth, it clearly is necessary for the state legislatures to pass laws establishing the duty. Otherwise, a woman has not given an informed consent.

And, unfortunately, as demonstrated by the Illinois and New Jersey legal cases, and documented by the Live Action undercover investigations, the “health” providers at Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics have concealed the scientific facts of early human development in order to persuade women to have abortions.

Certainly, a legitimate health provider, when asked something about human embryology, could simply open one of the human embryology textbooks used in medical schools, and read the facts as described by the experts on the subject.

For example, Harvard Medical School uses Langman’s Medical Embryology by T.W. Sadler, and the Yale School of Medicine uses The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology by Drs. Keith L. Moore, T.V.N. Persaud, and Mark G. Torchia.

And every human embryology textbook, and every human embryologist, states that human life begins at conception, specifically, at fertilization.

But pro-choice advocates, including judges, politicians, abortion industry insiders, and supporters in the mainstream media, employ the deceptive tactic of finding scientists who dispute when human life begins and claim the question is an ideological or religious one.

In doing so, the impression created is that science has not answered the question of when human life begins. The impression is false.

For example, a neurologist is a doctor as is a cardiologist. However, it would be absurd to seek information about how the heart works from a neurologist; for such information one would seek a doctor that is a specialist in the area – a cardiologist. Likewise, it would be absurd to seek information about how the brain works from a cardiologist; for such information one would seek a neurologist.

Yet pro-choice advocates seek information about early human development from any scientist except one that specializes in the area – a human embryologist. Again, this is a deliberate tactic employed to conceal the facts of early human development. Because among human embryologists there is a consensus, and the consensus is that life begins at conception. And, to repeat, human embryologists are the experts in this area.

Now, back to discussing the Texas sonogram law. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that “the required disclosures of a sonogram, the fetal heartbeat, and their medical descriptions are the epitome of truthful, non-misleading information.” Chief Judge Edith H. Jones cited the Supreme Court’s decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey that upheld a state’s informed consent law. In that case, the plurality opinion concluding that requiring a doctor to give “truthful, nonmisleading information” to an expectant mother “furthers the legitimate purpose of reducing the risk that a woman may elect an abortion, only to discover later, with devastating psychological consequences, that her decision was not fully informed.”

Supporters of legal abortion constantly insist they are pro-choice, not pro-abortion. Opposition to laws that protect women from deception while providing women the facts necessary for a fully informed choice expose this claim as untrue.

  • Sonya Wilson

    12 weeks? Regardless of what he or she says, there is a beating heart. When you stop that heart from beating, you take away life. How hard is that to comprehend?

    • Texastea143

      And if ur child who is having the abortion is underage….The parent should be notified.  Underage children can not drink…smoke..unfortunately they do have sex (wish they didn’t) Why should they  be able to perform an abortion on a minor without the parent having knowledge.  Im talking about a 15 yr old…I took her to Planned Parenthood to help prevent her getting pregnant!  Yes they stopped the heartbeat of my daughters baby & my grandchild.  This just makes me sick!

      • Pastormelanie

        I’m so sorry. That is devastating.

      • Jordan Elizabeth

        Oh my gosh, that’s horrible.

        And, as pointed out previously (probably by live action?), as a sixteen-year-old, I cannot legally take advil at school without a signed permission slip by my parent, but I can get an abortion.

  • Pastormelanie

    Yet if the baby had been killed by an outside attack on the mother, the attacker would have been found responsible for the death of the baby. But an abortionist can lie and say the baby is not a human being? And then kill the baby and that’s okay? The world’s gone mad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000150054754 Elizabeth Volkmer

    so sad that the young woman in this case actually believed the “counselor” at the abortion facility!   If she had been able to have a sonogram at the Pregnancy center (if available there) this wouldn’t have happened…she would have seen her child.    

    Also,….do we have to explain again that humans are pregnant with humans?   Not cats or dogs or horses or rabbits or monkeys or elephants

    • Texastea143

      The disgusting Planned Parenthood in Portland, Me. showed my 16 yr old the sonogram of her aborted baby after the procedure was done.  How sick is that? Ive seen it & it just has changed my life…That was my blood also…my grandchild.

  • Texastea143

    My daughter got pregnant twice…unfortunatly before age 18.  I had taken her to Planned Parenthood at 15 for birthcontrol to of course prevent pregnancy. I went to  the office w her once for her initial visit & I was not allowed in the room w her or any information about her.  Well she had 2 abortions there, without my knowledge or consent, before she was 17 1/2.  I am devestated & disgusted that this was alllowed to happen to the child I gave birth to. Who has that right??  I dont believe anyone does. She is MY daughter & no one has the right to invade her body & take her child, my grandchild away from us. Literally this is sickening to me! What can I do about this??  PLZ Can I do anything.  My daughter is just turning 18 in two days.  She says she’s fine..I do not think so & I know I am not fine about this!

    • Texastea143

      Also they gave my daughter her sonogram of her baby AFTER they performed the abortion….This is a sin & should be a Crime!..Texastea.:(

      • notimportant

        I’m so sorry about your grandchildren. I don’t understand your daughter’s thinking, considering your reaction to all this. She may indeed be fine- she may be fine for a number of years. She may be fine until the day comes when she stops and looks over her life, or until she truly understands and realizes the depth and beauty of life. At that point, she may not be quite so “fine” about it.

        Again, I am so sorry for your grief and loss. You understand the gravity of the situation simply because you are older than your daughter and have lived more years. You can still love your grandchildren, regardless of whether they were born to this physical realm or not. They still exist. They are eternal, just as we all are. However, their physical bodies are now gone, and there is nothing any of us can do about that.

        So love them, grieve them…name them, if your daughter chooses to not give them names. And stop by a crisis pregnancy center- many of the centers offer help in coping with the loss, even for family members. Again, I can’t express exactly how sorry I am with mere words. I wish you peace. You, your daughter and grandchildren will be in my prayers today. We swim this awful river Styx together…but at least we do it together, not alone.

        • guest

           Texastea-I’m sorry for the pain you are in, but know that daughter might be just fine. I’ve known lots of women who had abortions and remain glad that they did. It’s young women who grow up in an environment where they’re taught that abortion is evil that end up having problems.

  • Rebecca

    To Texastea143:

    Seems like you regret the fact that you took your daughter to get the abortions. The question also lies on how she is handling it. Do you consider being pro-life now that you have seen truth?

    It’s one thing to say ‘yea I’m pro-life’ and another to go out and do something.
    And the most amazing thing is that there are people out there starting numerous non-profit organizations to defend Human Life at any stage in its development.
    All you gotta do is join and help other women avoid making the same mistake your daughter did.
    And I believe that if you are truly sorry and if she is truly sorry from the bottom of your heart and should she get pregnant again – she’ll have the baby- God will have mercy and forgive you both :)

    :)

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