The Herald Sun
has reported on recent legislation in Oklahoma (US) that will require women to view an ultrasound before undergoing an abortion procedure. Governor Brad Henry (Democratic) tried to block the Bills last week, but the Oklahoma legislature, the majority of whom are Republican, overwhelmingly overrode his veto with the help of Democrats.
According to the article, Pro Choice NSW spokesperson, Jane Caro, believes that "the new laws would strip women of basic human rights" and she advised women in Oklahoma to “keep their legs together." Ms. Caro also stated "The new laws are outrageous on every level and destroy the human rights of the women in that state. They no longer have equal human rights."
President of Life Network Australia and mother of five, Sonja Couroupis, believes this response is hypocritical, "How can 'choice' be 'choice', when all the information is not presented? - an ultrasound is information!"
As for human rights, Ms, Couroupis stated that "Ms Caro is obviously uninformed of the devastation done to women by abortion. Statistics of such damage have led to legislation such as that in Oklahoma".
Mrs Couroupis continued, posing the question, "And what of the (human) rights of the millions of babies, including baby girls, aborted every year throughout the world? Where are their rights?"
Born alive abortion survivor, Melissa Ohden
considers herself a "voice for the voiceless" and asks the same question, "What were my (human) rights?"
The article goes on to state that "even women who are victims of rape or incest will be required to listen to a detailed description of the foetus and view the ultrasound image prior to terminating a pregnancy".
Life Network Australia believes it is insulting to assume that women who have already been violated through rape or incest would automatically require and seek an abortion. It is unacceptable to make generalisations about women in this tragic situation and make statements on their behalf, based on these generalisations. Why shouldn't all women, facing any kind of unplanned pregnancy, be entitled to as much information as possible, including the viewing of an ultrasound?
Mary Spaulding Balch, Director of State Legislation for the National Right to Life (US), said that, "Ultrasound gives a mother a window to her womb," and Vice President of Right to Life Australia Margaret Tighe agrees that the new laws were "terrific news" and should be adopted in Australia.
Mrs Couroupis challenged Ms Caro's statement that "the new laws (in Oklahoma) would force abortions underground", describing her language as desperate and dramatic. Perhaps she is worried that such laws will not be good for (abortion) business, a business that thrives on the abuse of women, babies and families?
Women deserve better!