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SC legislation would require an ultrasound before abortion

(Columbia-AP) January 12, 2007 - Pregnant women seeking an abortion in South Carolina would first have to look at ultrasound images of their fetus under legislation introduced this week.

The bill's sponsors believe the requirement would lead to fewer abortions, with more women opting for adoption or keeping the child.

Chief sponsor, Senator Kevin Bryant says the proposal would help women make a more informed choice.

Before performing an abortion, doctors would have to verify the gestational age of a fetus with an ultrasound, then show the ultrasound images to the patient, who must sign a consent form saying she's reviewed them.

NA-RAL Pro-Choice America believes women should have the option of an ultrasound. But the organization says women should not be forced to undergo a medically unnecessary procedure and view the images against their will.

Posted 8:07pm by Chantelle Janelle

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