To the Editor:
The Northwest Herald reprinted an editorial on March 14 from The Anniston (Ala.) Star newspaper on ultrasound bills in several state legislatures around the country.
Those unfamiliar with the ultrasound bill coming before our own Illinois Legislature might be fearful that it is the same type of bill. Wrong. It would not mandate ultrasounds prior to abortions.
HB 4085 is entitled the Ultrasound Opportunity Act. If passed in Illinois, the woman (there are guidelines as to which situations would exempt a pregnant woman from this) would be asked if she would like to view the ultrasound that the abortionist would be using to do the abortion.
The bill requires only that she be given the opportunity to view what the abortionist is viewing before the abortionist begins. No special visit is needed, or further invasion of the woman’s body, over and above what the woman already submitted to in readiness for the abortion.
In a further comment, the writer of the editorial says that these laws imply that women are “incapable of reasonably exercising their rights.”
Contrary to that opinion, it is reasonable to want all the facts before making a decision of any kind.
Recently, before having a colonoscopy, a hospital staff member asked if I wanted to see a short film of what to expect. It gave me a similar view to what my doctor would have of my procedure. It’s reasonable thing to do.