Study: Ultrasounds Do Not Influence Women’s Decisions On Abortion

Republican lawmakers in Virginia are the latest to push for an ultrasound bill that will mandate that women seeking abortions undergo medically-unnecessary sonograms before they can end their pregnancies. But two ongoing studies provide further evidence that such laws are a waste of taxpayer money and do little to influence women’s choices. Later this year, the University of California project Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) will publish findings from two studies that conclude “that viewing an abortion is not an indication that a woman will cancel her scheduled procedure, regardless of what emotional response the sonogram elicits,” according to the American Independent. Six states already require women seeking abortions to first have ultrasounds, and last year the Texas legislature went even farther, mandating that women must also hear a description of the sonogram image.