Should women seeking abortions be required to view an ultrasound image of their fetus before the procedure? - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Should women seeking abortions be required to view an ultrasound image of their fetus before the procedure?

Should women seeking abortions be required to view an ultrasound image of their fetus before the procedure?

  • LD, Lexington
    Yes, I believe women should see exactly what it is they are deciding to terminate. As someone who has almost completed nursing school, who has held an 8-10 week old perfectly formed miscarried baby in her hand, and who is a mother of four children, I think it is despicable for the abortion industry to hide from a woman what she is about to "get rid of". A baby's heart begins to beat at 3-4 weeks gestation, which is way before a woman even knows she is pregnant and it's brainwaves are measureable by 4-6 weeks. When choosing to "pull the plug" on someone, we look at brainwave activity.....if there are no brainwaves, we disconnect them if the family chooses or if there are advance health care directives. And without a functioning brain, a heart cannot beat. If anyone did to an animal baby what we do to human babies there would be outrage from all over this country and all over the world. I would like to see someone allow their dog to birth the head of one of her puppies and then smash that puppy's skull in and vacuum it's brains out. That is precisely what happens in a partial birth abortion. It amazes me to study prenatal development and know what is said about a baby that is growing when it is wanted. Totally different language all together suddenly when the baby is unwanted. Suddenly it is ok to burn the skin off a baby with saline injections when it isn't wanted, and yet read how the same age baby will recoil at painful stimuli when the baby is wanted. Maybe, finally, women will be forced to see what a very wealthy abortion industry doesn't want her to see......a hum being who simply happens to be in a stage of growth and development that she herself was allowed to go through and make it to where she is today...alive.
  • JS, Gilbert
    Absolutely! As far as I am concerned, life begins at conception. Abortion is the taking of life. I do understand that in some cases it may be necessary to abort a pregnancy to save the life of a mother. There may be other justified reasons. But because of inconvenience - I think not. I am pro choice, everyone has the choice to not get pregnant if they do not want children. You may say that birth control is not 100% but I say that abstanance is 100%!
  • CT, Chapin
    No. I do not feel women should have to view an ultrasound of the fetus before having an abortion. There are too many circumstances in which it would not be appropriate: the female could be underage, the female could have been raped, the female could be older (above the typical birthing age), sick (cancer or aids), or homeless. Viewing the fetus will just make the decision to terminate more emotionally straining. In all of these three situations, going ahead with the pregnancy could put the child in harms way. I don't agree with the fact that many people state that women have the option to put there child up for adoption. There are too many babies, children and teenagers that are in foster care and group homes and have basically been forgotten about. Again viewing the fetus may sway that female to carry the baby to term. But she is then carrying a baby that she doesn't want that will most likely be placed in an already full foster care system. I feel like the best option is preventing the pregancy. We have to get into the minds of young girls and all females. We are going to have to change the thinking of the new age female mind to achieving positive personal goals rather than having unsafe sex and getting pregnant. Only when we begin to do this will we see a drop in abortions because we will see a drop in teen and unwed pregnancies.
  • GH, W. Columbia
    The more informed decision one can make the better! Congratulations to the House. Choose life!
  • TM, Kershaw
    I was not surprised that the general manager was so pioused as to think his opinion was so important because he is like much of the news media who thinks he is the only person who can think! It was ironic that just as you were accusing our government of imposing on others their opinions, that you were drastically and much more offensively doing the same. I have watched this station along in the past, and was disappointed in the type of journalism that you portrayed today. I will watch WLTX or not at all! I hope you learn from your mistake and realize that you can report fairly and respectfully or you won't be effective!
  • KJ, Columbia
    For all of you "pro-lifer's" out there, why don't you all care for ALL of the unwanted babies out there!! You run your mouths about what others should or shouldn't do, but what are you doing to help with all of the unwanted kids in this world?
  • SM, Kershaw
    As a Christian, I am very proud of Governor Sanford and the legislators that supported this bill. I feel that an informed choice is not any more an infringement on the woman's right than the abortion is on the unborn child's right. I applaud the passing of the bill and hope that one day we may prosper because of the children that will be born and given a chance to be the persons that God created them to be. Who knows what these children will become? Prayerfully, because of this bill now we may see women making choices to give those babies a chance to survive and contribute to the world. I look at it as the Government acting to protect the women as well, because the women are hurt when they go thru the abortion process,and atleast if they make a decision with all of the facts, they will be aware of what they are doing and if it prevents them from going thru w/the abortion it will protect them from the physical and emotional distress that comes from the abortion process that pro-choice proponents will not focus on or tell them about.
  • WG, Little Mountain
    I have been a loyal WIS news watcher for many years but that comes to an end as of today. Since the GM has indicated to me that channel 10 is a supporter of what I consider an absolute wrong, I will watch my local news on another channel. You publically support choice and I'll make my choice to switch. Just so we're clear, my choice does not kill anyone.
  • WG, Little Mountain
    I have been a loyal WIS news watcher for many years but that comes to an end as of today. Since the GM has indicated to me that channel 10 is a supporter of what I consider an absolute wrong, I will watch my local news on another channel. You publically support choice and I'll make my choice to switch. Just so we're clear, my choice does not kill anyone.
  • BW, Columbia
    How ironic for a man to be the lead supporter of such a bill. If I am raped and I want an abortion, I should not have to look at the fetus I am aborting! Even if it is an inconvience and I want an abortion, that is MY right according to the constitution and I can't imagine how this doesn't violate my rights! Yeah, let's put thousands more unwanted children up for adoption so they too can grow up in an orphanage. It's not like it's cheap to adopt. Or maybe it is if you are a lawmaker using tax payer's money! I am disgusted by this bill and I will fight to have it stopped or changed!
  • sg, columbia
    NO, The G-Men should figure a law to stop all the welfair babies that we have to pay for!!
  • PJ, Lexington
    ABSOULTLY NOT! The decision to see or not should be left entirely up to the woman.
  • CR,
    Why do the lawmakers find it necessary to decide what can and cannot be done to MY body. There are far to many of other issues that should be addressed like illegal immigrants, gangs, social security and sky rocketing healthcare costs to name a few. Too much government involvement in something that should be left up to the individual person decide!!
  • MF, West Columbia
    NO. If a woman has made the decision to have an abortion, she's already thought long and hard to come to the conclusion that it is right for her. Imagine, if you were raped and got pregnant; would you want to keep the fetus? Would you want to see an ultrasound of the fetus that resulted from a violent attack? What if the rapist was your brother, cousin or father? This is an extreme example, but a very true one. Think about it. Would you at that moment want to be forced to view the ultrasound? Personally, it would not change my mind and would be a waste of time and money. If you take the time to make the decision, you should be allowed to follow through with it without someone trying to change your mind.
  • DY, Lexington
    I'm not exactly sure what my opinion on this topic is right now. I do know that having the GM of wistv tape his opinion and challenge the governor to respond is unfavorable in my opinion. Since the GM felt so compelled to present his and apparently wistv's perspective this morning, I feel compelled to tell everyone I know exactly what wistv's perspective is and maybe they will join me in checking out wltx's perspective. I thought the news media was supposed to present the news in an unbiased fashion and allow us to form our own opinions.
  • WG, Little Mountain
    I have been a loyal WIS news watcher for many years but that comes to an end as of today. Since the GM has indicated to me that channel 10 is a supporter of what I consider an absolute wrong, I will watch my local news on another channel. You publically support choice and I'll make my choice to switch. Just so we're clear, my choice does not kill anyone.
  • BW, Columbia
    How ironic for a man to be the lead supporter of such a bill. If I am raped and I want an abortion, I should not have to look at the fetus I am aborting! Even if it is an inconvience and I want an abortion, that is MY right according to the constitution and I can't imagine how this doesn't violate my rights! Yeah, let's put thousands more unwanted children up for adoption so they too can grow up in an orphanage. It's not like it's cheap to adopt. Or maybe it is if you are a lawmaker using tax payer's money! I am disgusted by this bill and I will fight to have it stopped or changed!
  • sg, columbia
    NO, The G-Men should figure a law to stop all the welfair babies that we have to pay for!!
  • PJ, Lexington
    ABSOULTLY NOT! The decision to see or not should be left entirely up to the woman.
  • CR,
    Why do the lawmakers find it necessary to decide what can and cannot be done to MY body. There are far to many of other issues that should be addressed like illegal immigrants, gangs, social security and sky rocketing healthcare costs to name a few. Too much government involvement in something that should be left up to the individual person decide!!
  • MF, West Columbia
    NO. If a woman has made the decision to have an abortion, she's already thought long and hard to come to the conclusion that it is right for her. Imagine, if you were raped and got pregnant; would you want to keep the fetus? Would you want to see an ultrasound of the fetus that resulted from a violent attack? What if the rapist was your brother, cousin or father? This is an extreme example, but a very true one. Think about it. Would you at that moment want to be forced to view the ultrasound? Personally, it would not change my mind and would be a waste of time and money. If you take the time to make the decision, you should be allowed to follow through with it without someone trying to change your mind.
  • DY, Lexington
    I'm not exactly sure what my opinion on this topic is right now. I do know that having the GM of wistv tape his opinion and challenge the governor to respond is unfavorable in my opinion. Since the GM felt so compelled to present his and apparently wistv's perspective this morning, I feel compelled to tell everyone I know exactly what wistv's perspective is and maybe they will join me in checking out wltx's perspective. I thought the news media was supposed to present the news in an unbiased fashion and allow us to form our own opinions.
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  • KT, North
    I don't think that viewing an ultrasound will change anyone's mind. Besides, who do you think will be paying for these ultrasounds?
  • AM, Columbia
    Soooooooooo why does their care and concern for the unborn child stop once it's been born? Never once have I heard of a woman giving birth to a child she didn't want and the "pro-lifer's" following that child's life to ensure it has a good education, bed to sleep in, family to love him/her, etc. All this will do is cause women to have babies they don't want &/or can't take care of... that child will be resented, abused and neglected.
  • JK, Columbia
    Here we go again. Pre-dominantly male legislators trying to control what should be a private, personal decision. The pregnant woman has the right to make a decision that will impact her for the rest of her life. She also has a right to make this decision based on what is best for her and the fetus. This proposed legislation is clearly geared to prompt an emotional reaction to achieve a particular outcome.
  • DY, Lexington
    I'm not exactly sure what my opinion on this topic is right now. I do know that having the GM of wistv tape his opinion and challenge the governor to respond is unfavorable in my opinion. Since the GM felt so compelled to present his and apparently wistv's perspective this morning, I feel compelled to tell everyone I know exactly what wistv's perspective is and maybe they will join me in checking out wltx's perspective. I thought the news media was supposed to present the news in an unbiased fashion and allow us to form our own opinions.
  • WC, Springdale, SC
    Abortion is WRONG! Anything doctors try to do to keep a woman from aborting is a good thing.
  • DJ, Cayce
    WOW! How heartless are some of you people? Many women that have and abortion aren't theie because it is something fun to do. if they are there they have just had to make the most gut-wrenching decision they have ever made and now you want them to look at an ultrasound? More victimization of women. South Carolina is famous for it!
  • ck,
    This morning I dropped my daughter off at A. C. Flora high school and the "abortion guy" was out in front of the school promenently displaying his pictures of remains from abortions. (I assume). Where does the madness stop? How is him displaying posters of body parts in front of a school where everyone will see, differ from a woman being made to look at a picture of an unborn fetus? What will we women be made to look at next?
  • PB, Blythewood
    I do not approve of abortion except in cases of Rape or Helath issues with mother or baby. I suspect that the majority of abortions performed today have nothing to do with either of the above problems. This being the case, abortion is being used as a very expensive form of birth control. If we would focus on education and using birth control effectively, then abortion would not be an issue.
  • LD, Columbia
    Absolutely not! This is just one more example of the extreme right trying to force their narrow views on all of us. Nothing is more wonderful than a baby who is wanted and loved. Nothing is sadder than a baby who is abandoned or mistreated. The legislature should concentrate on issues that pertain to helping their constituents, not making their lives more difficult. If they're so concerned about life, try showing concern about the quality of the life. And if they're so concerned about women, pass legislation that makes the quality of life for women better.
  • LD, Columbia
    NO NO NO!! This is a ridiculous example of a few extremists trying to ram their ultraconservative beliefs down the throats of the rest of us.
  • JP, Sumter
    First of all it will do no good. Any woman who even considers abortion has absolutely no moral or Christian values and secondly it will just cost the taxpayers a lot more money. You are wasting time and money on people that are just not worth it.
  • RP, Columbia
    I would like to take this opportunity to address Mr. Stebbins comments from his opinion piece concerning his perspective on the Ultrasound Bill which aired this morning (03/22). I am not aware of his stance on the abortion issue, however if this is a backdoor attempt at exploiting his position in the public spotlight at resisting any perceived impediments to the practice, I would hope that he would exhibit the courage and character to make his stance and reasoning plain. If, on the other hand, he truly objects to Government Intrusiveness as this piece would seem to indicate, it appears he may have missed the point. This Bill, if passed would do much more than simply limit Government Intrusiveness. It would squelch something far more dangerous, and that is Government deception, and misinformation, which in my opinion is the worst form of Government Intrusiveness. I haven't noticed Mr. Stebbins decrying Government regulation of lending institutions, institutions that trade commodities, stocks, and bonds, or even automobile manufacturers / distributors. The Government requires them to be forthright in their disclosures to the public regarding their services and / or products. Not because all lenders or manufacturers / distributors are malicious, but when an organization profits from a practice, the unscrupulous among them will attempt to take advantage of the public through deception, and omission of information, that if known would give the average citizen pause before committing themselves to a course of action that could have long term detrimental effects. We see a similar issue here. Abortion proponents strongly oppose this measure, not on the stated basis of Government Intrusiveness, but out of real concern that making this ultrasound procedure mandatory will expose the web of misinformation and deception that the abortion industry, who profit greatly from the practice, have propagated over the years with Government assistance. Planned Parenthood, a Federal Agency, publishes the lion's share of literature promoting abortion. This Bill would expose the biggest lie that the abortion industry has used to dupe and placate the public. That lie is, "It's not really a Human Being." You can't view an ultrasound of an unborn child and come to that conclusion. Abortion is still legally allowed in this country, but don't you think that someone who is contemplating taking a Human life should be afforded mandatory access to the same degree of information and personal protection guaranteed to them if they were buying a car, or purchasing stocks? Most people contemplating an abortion faced with this evidence would reconsider, and that would affect the bottom line for those who profit from the practice. It isn't a matter of intrusiveness by the Government. It safeguards us from deception by the government. As Mr. Stebbins challenged the Governor, I would like to challenge him. I would really welcome a reply to this post. Thank you for your time
  • DD, Lexington, SC
    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is absolutely the worst thing I have ever heard. This is a very hard, soul searching decision for anyone to make. Why in the world would you want ot make it more traumatic? This is almost unhumane. Clearly South Carolina has taken another leap backwards. No wonder Sanford was picked as one of the worse governors in the US. He obviously has no clue of what he is doing or saying.
  • SP, Columbia
    NO, NO, NO This is another money drain on the taxpayers. If they want to slaughter their unborn children, let them do it just dont give the taxpayers another burden to carry.
  • SB, Irmo
    Absolutely not! Having an abortion is a personal and very private choice. Women who are contemplating having an abortion weigh their options and undergo counseling by professionals before making a final descion. Why would SC government even want to be involved in that decision? I think they need to rethink their priorities.
  • S , Columbia
    Absolutely NOT! What is wrong with the politicians of this state? Didn't they pass their History class? Don't you remember what happened to the women who were denied the legal right to abortion? They did it themselves, they did it "under ground", they did it anyway, any where. Women died, fetus' died. Adding provisions would only revert back to a time when abortion was illegal. This would only add to the suffering already endured. What about a woman's constitutional rights? Woman have the right to choose under any and all circumstance. Talk about BABY BOOM. There are already so many babies in this world that are not wanted. Why not change the adoption process if that is so complex that all of the unwanted babies cannot be adopted. So, let's go ahead and add to the problems of low birth weight and preemie's in our State !!! Better plan on building baby hospitals too !!!
  • BS,
    My girlfriend has just informed me... "If you are not a woman that has to make this decision..." I'll let you guess the rest. She is a wise woman.
  • BS, Columbia
    The woman seeking the abortion should be "required" to view and have access to all the information SHE asks for. Anyone with differing views from the woman can stand on the sidewalk outside and hold up a placard.
  • DT, West Columbia
    The operative word here is "require." It is one thing to present the opportunity to view the ultrasound, but quite another to require its viewing. Those who support this proposal arrogantly presume that they know what is right and thus have the right to impose their judgment upon others. Isn't that the same rationale the Taliban uses? We are right, you are wrong, because God told us so. And since you don't see how right we are we will simply have to compel you to live correctly until you do.
  • SW,
    Yes, Seeing the tiny baby may save his or her life.
  • MK, Columbia
    I think getting to see the little individual inside the mother is a good thing to do. It may get them to think about what it would have been like if their mother had considered aborting them. We all value life and each is very precious. Adults need to handle the great opportunity presented through a pregnancy instead of running from it since it may inconvenience them and their life style.
  • JK, Lugoff
    No. It's a womans right to privacy when it come to abortion. Why should she be provoked into something she clearly does not want to be a part of. My child rearing days are over, however, if I were in a situation to need an abortion, for whatever reason, I don't think I should be subjected to seeing the fetus that I am about to abort.
  • BB, Lexington
    First of all, women who are bothered by this who are seeking an abortion will just end up going to another state to have the procedure done. Next, is this the biggest decision lawmakers have to make this year... how about a real cigarette tax or reveiewing their "extra special" retirement program that was reported by The State newspaper. These pampered idiots don't realize what an embarassment they really are to the citizens of South Carolina.
  • BB, Columbia
    Absolutely, I believe that a girl or woman should have all the information to make her own decision, to include seeing the ultrasound picture of her uterus and the baby inside.
  • ML, Columbia
    A tough decision will be made more difficult for a woman. What if the woman or child has been raped or inpregnated by her relative or a stranger. A womans decision is a womans decision and no one should be able to make her decision any more difficult that it should be. Leave it alone and focus on other issue that are truely more important.
  • SM, Lexington
    I think we should pass a bill making stupidity illegal. Honestly, you can't force people to have forsight and make intelligent choices. If we pass this bill, can we pass another one denying a drivers license to people with an IQ under 100? Or how about a bill refusing medical coverage to people that refuse to live a healthy lifestyle? The point I'm trying to make is that once your mind is made up, there's little that can change it. You can pass all the bills in the world, but once people have made up their minds, no law in the world is going to stop them from doing what they please anyway.
  • DB, Camden
    I am concerned for the women who are going through the toughest decision of their life. Why are we tring to intiminate these women in to being parents if they are not ready? This is a woman's decision and we need to take the goverenment out of this! This is nothing more than an attempt by lawmakers to invade on a woman's right to choose.
  • ME, Chapin
    No. I don't agree with the bill. I am a Christian, and don't believe in abortion. I have 3 children of my own. However, I do believe that I am not the judge of others and I cannot force my beliefs on others. Everyone should have the choice and the right to decide what is best in their situation. I can't decide for anyone else, and neither should anyone else. I don't think that politics should be involved in forcing women to view an ultrasound picture before an abortion or any other time for that matter. That is the government getting way too involved in our personal lives. I think that one of the great benefits of living in a free country is having the freedom to choose. If the government decides to force women to view an ultrasound, then where does it end? Will they then force all women to have genetic testing? I chose not to have genetic testing because I knew that even if there was a genetic defect, abortion wasn't an option for me. But, that was MY choice, and aren't I lucky that I had a choice? That may not be the same choice another woman would make, but she has the freedom to decide for herself as it should be.
  • J , Irmo
    I think women should be required to have an ultrasound before having an abortion....it is only fair to the unborn child in hopes that maybe his/her mother will keep the child. Maybe this would decrease the number of abortions in the state. Abortion is wrong to begin with and isn't fair for the unborn child.
  • CS, Lugoff
    First of all, your hear about the womans right in the abortion debate. But what about the baby's right? Does it not have any rights because it has not been born yet? Yes, a woman does have a right to do what she wants to her body, but she does not have a right to hurt her baby via drugs or abuse, but it is ok for her to kill it? And yes I do think that women should look at an ultrasound first, may be we could save a lot of lives.
  • AH, Chapin
    I love the way that our government, and apparently some of the people responding to this question, do not seem to believe that women realize that a fetus has the potential of being a human being one day that could live and breathe on it's own. I think it's amazing that some people seem to think that women often use abortion as birth control... anyone know how much an abortion cost? Anyone know how much pain a person goes through physically? Sure seems to me that there are easier forms of birth control. I find it amazing that people (probably white men at that) do not think a woman can be trusted to make a decision about her own body. It is simply amazing that we women are able to get dressed on our own in the morning without step-by-step instructions, ain't it? Geez. When will people ever realize that women CAN and SHOULD be trusted. Give us some credit already! Meanwhile, you people who are so concerned about protecting human life, how many of you are writing your representatives about the waiting list for HIV meds in SC and the people who have already died since the wait list came into existance last summer? If you're so interested in saving human life, seems to me that funding the HIV meds is a fantastic place to start on the local level and that maybe something crazy like the war in Iraq is a good place to start on a more global level. Oh, wait, you're not so interested in protecting those already born... I forgot. I'm sorry. I'm a woman. Obviously I have no idea about anything. Quick... I need a politician to help me decide what to have for lunch.
  • ES, Gaston,SC
    NO I don't think they should be forced to see an ultrasound.And we don't need more babies in dumpsters. The system makes it so hard for one to adopt.So why bring in more babies that are unwanted....and what I do with MY body is between ME,GOD,and MY Doctor. Why should a young lady be strapped with a unwanted child ,and maybe abuse it. YES I believe in abortions.Make abortions legal.... PS I'm 69 years old.
  • TB, West Columbia
    I believe that women should be required to view an ultra sound of the life that they are about to take before undergoing this procedure. As a nation, we are outraged and appalled when we hear about how babies are killed in China if the baby born is the wrong gender or if the family has exceeded their quota of children allowed. Over here, we call this murder and wag our heads in disgust. In America, however, we kill our babies before they are even born. We sedate and isolate the mothers from the event such that after the procedure is performed the potential mothers probably question themselves whether they were really pregnant to begin with. We offer counciling where some of us actually tell the mothers that they made the "right" decision. What these councilors don't tell them is how most of them will remember the birthdays of these children long after they are gone. The parents will not talk about it, but they will wonder at each birthday what their child would be like were he/she alive today. They will ask themselves questions like; I wonder if he/she would have been smart, would they have been pretty, would they look and act like us. Time will dull the memory but time will not erase the event. Every child no matter how it is concieved is a gift from God. It was His devine will that allowed the baby to be formed. I know that there are those who would argue that how can a baby produced from a union where rape or incest occured be the will of God? I don't know, but I do know that because the baby exsists, God allowed it to happen. Many families decide to have abortions because of economic factors and/or maturity issues of those involved. If the couple is married they say; Well a baby now just doesn't fit into our plans right now. From experience I can tell you that it does not matter how much money you have in the bank, where you are in your job (or career). No one is ever fully prepared for the emotional and financial demands that a baby brings into a home, but let me add this, nothing is more precious or more rewarding than the gift of a child. I know that there are cases where children become pregnant due to poor decisions (and hormones) and/or thru lack of education. There are better alternatives to abortion such as adoption. Adoption offers a solution that not only releases a mother from the financial and emotional obligations of raising a child, it gives another family one of the greatest gifts that they could ever receive. It also, in many cases, offers the mother to remain as much a part of her child's life as she wants to be. Some argue that it is the woman's body and that she has the right to decide what to do with her body,her health and her well-being. I beleive that these people are right, it is the woman's body, and it is her right to choose how she will take care of her self up until the time that she becomes pregnant. Then she is not only responsible for her body, she is also responsable for the life of the child that is inside of her. If we can prosecute drug addicts for taking drugs during their pregnancy how is it that we don't prosecute those who take the lives of unborn children? Finally, abortion is often used to hide sin. A married man or woman has relations with another who is not their spouse and decide to terminate an unwanted pregnancy in order to cover their indiscretion. This should never be! I am not sure how the law was enacted or even why I was not active in opposing this, I just stood by and let it happen so I am as guilty as any one. Abortion is not and should not be used as a method of birth control. I have told my children all their lives that they can choose their behavior, but they don't get to choose the consequences, so choose very wisely in every decision tou make.
  • NB, Columbia
    Why would anyone want to subject another human being to this. No one knows how this woman became pregnant in the first place, whether is was by rape, incest, or even if it was consenual sex. That's not fair. Abortion is not fair to an unborn child either, but why bring that child into the world with two parents (yes not just a mother but a father too) who didnt want to have him/her in the first place. It is so easy to subject a mother to this kind of scrutiny but what about the millions of fathers who run off and dont take care of their children? They are so often let off the hook with out hardly any type of recourse from anyone and it is the mother who is left holding the bag. How fair is that. Let the father look at any ultrasound of his unborn child, let him see what happens to children who are never adopted or even put in homes where they are mistreated. Make a man out of him instead of punishing the woman. But yet it's all about the woman and what we can do to make it hard on her. There are plenty of women who cant have children that may want to adopt but they cant adopt them all can they? It is impossible for every single child to have a home. So why pretend that just because u give a child away they will find a happy home. As a single parent i know how tough it is to raise a child. But at the same time I was willing to make all of the sacrifices needed to ensure that she would be raised properly, not everyone is willing to do that. It's not fair to guilt anyone into keeping a child who is not ready. Especially if they are young. What is that telling them, you had sex and got pregnant at 12 so we are going to punish you by making you keep this baby and make your life harder. Drop out rates will probably triple and the number of homeless people will soar. The only thing that will happen is cause more child abuse cases and put more on social workers. When you talk about invading someones privacy and trying to regulate how we live then you need to think about everyone that it is gonna affect. The government is willing to sacrifice soldiers but let a woman who is not ready to be a mother have an abortion and oh my goodness she is the worst thing to walk the face of the planet. No woman should be forced to do that, yes abortion maybe wrong, but their are honestly worse things and worse people in the world right now. Last time I checked it was not up to any man on earth to judge what another persons actions are or how they live their lives. "let he who is without sin cast the first stone".
  • RK, Columbia
    Abortion should be a matter between a woman and her God. What is the purpose of it being controlled by the legislature and/or a group of do-gooders. I'm opposed to abortion: that's my busness, not to be imposed on others.
  • PG, Bennettsville
    How dare any man sitting at a desk in the SC House or Senate try to dictate to me on what I have to do to have an abortion. That is a personal decision that only the person going through it has the right to make. I am tired of people trying to push down my throat "Pro-Life." Well I am pro-life .... MY LIFE!
  • PH, Houston
    No. If a woman chooses to have an abortion, she has already acknowledged that she does not want to see the child growing inside of her, so this point would be a backlash for any woman that has made that choice. The choice to choose is still hers and it would be detrimental to her well being to force her to view the unborn child she has chosen to abort. As long as the choice is still hers to make, everyone else should stay out. When the process becomes illegal, then, and only then should there be outside input.
  • sd, columbia
    Absolutely not! They obviously don't want the pregnancy, so why make the process that much more difficult by forcing them to see the fetus? Women have the right to terminate and nobody should enforce anything as cruel as that - they are going through enough - they obviously can't take care of a child at that particular time and by showing this and trying to make them change their minds will only hurt them and the child, look at the number of unwanted and abused children in this city alone - the crime that takes place because the parent can't give them the time and guidance needed, they grow up to be criminals, not all, but a majority - the fetus is not viable at 9-12 weeks when most abortions take place, in my personal opinion it's not a life, you can't remove a 12 week old fetus and expect it to survive. There should be stipulations on abortion, example a girl can't have one if she's past 12 weeks, can't be used as a means of birth control - but doing the sonogram is just wrong. It angers me to see men marching for abortion and trying to change laws, they don't go through what a woman does when she has an unwanted pregnancy, they have no idea, and I just want to ask them, how many crack addicted babies are they raising, what are they personally doing to help unwanted children? How much money and time do they give every day to this cause? Nothing but march around holding signs and making comments that they have no right to make. Let the woman chose and let her do it her way without being pressured and meant to feel more guilty than she already does. It would be wrong, more than wrong to make them view a sonogram at this difficult time they're going through. That's my opinion, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I just feel dead set against it.
  • SS, Irmo
    I am not in favor of abortion as a form of birth control. But I do feel that there are circumstances that a child should not be born into the world if the parent cannot care for it or if the child is going to die of neglect.
  • LS, Columbia
    Are they going to require the biological father to view the ultrasound also? Many women feel forced into abortions by the fathers. If the legislation is stupid enough to pass this, then they better make the man view the ultrasound also. While I am against abortion as a method of birth control, I support the right to have an abortion. I know many women who have had one and the decision was a difficult one to make.
  • DM, Irmo
    Absolutly!!! There are plenty of people out there who would be willing to adopt a baby. If you play...you pay. I am sure that sounds cold but as Women who has had the option to have children taken away very early in my life it absoluty burns me up to see people taking a child's life so lightly. As early as 4-5 weeks you can see a beating heart....it's a baby for goodness sake.
  • CF, Columbia
    I would definitely support this bill....having to see the ultrasound perhaps would make a woman change her mind and save the life of a child. If only one child's life was saved as a result of this bill, it would be well worth the effort to get this bill in place!
  • IG, Great Falls
    Yes I think a woman who wants to murder their unborn child should view an ultrasound image. I am not talking about rape. I am talking about just because someone did not use birth control. If they do not want the baby just think of the many couples that can't have a child of their own would pay to have that child being aborted. Having an abortion is murder. Can women not realize that God gave them that child for a reason. What would that child become when it grew up if given a chance.
  • AM, West Columbia
    I feel that if you are willing to hop in bed with him then you better be willing to have a baby 9 months later. I have a one month old baby and everybody kept telling me to go and have an abortion and stressing me out everyday. Well I didnt. I figured that if I had to I would raise him by myself. Im 19 years old and am having the time of my life with my son and would not give him up for the world. I dont believe in abortions unless you have been raped. That baby is alive from the time he or she is concieved. They have a heart beat at 8 weeks so think about that before you go and kill another human being. Point blank I think who ever has an abortion should go to jail for murder.
  • CL, CAMDEN
    what a devisive issue!!! all these valid points are so passionatly presented. i am impressed at the number of responses. i feel that, as with any major procedure, all medical facts should be in full disclosure. the fact is, i would require seeing the x-ray prior to any surgical procedure. the fact is that i was sexually assaulted many years ago. i did not become pregnant, but i did consider that it was possible and was prepared for making the decision. while i would never say it should ALWAYS be required, it should ALWAYS be offered at NO extra charge to the woman(girl) so she can make a truly informed choice. she will only see it if it will make a difference in her heart. i have children. i have a teenage duaghter. i would hope that if it happened that she had to face the choice that she would remember that babies don't just happen, they are created and the unborn child would still be HER son or daughter. i would hope for the chance to love that child just like i would any other grandchild. on the other hand, i would support her choice, no matter what. for those who abort knowing the father, that guy should have to pay for some of the expenses whether the child is aborted or carried full term. if more of these folks were held accountable, fewer of these babies would be suffering. abortion is a horrific way to die....
  • BW, Columbia
    How amazing that a Libertarian governor who seeks to limit government interference in most everything backs government's meddling in a woman's most personal and painful decision.
  • PH, Dalzell
    I have mixed emotions on this entire subject. First of all I do not believe in abortions for the sake of birth control. However, I would rather have a fetus aborted instead of breathing its first breath and being tortured to death by abusive parents. Also, there is always the possibility the child may not be adopted and could be placed in an orphanage for a number of years. When an older child in an orphanage sees other children going home for weekends with potential parents and no one ever chooses him/her- the unwanted child has life time hurts that they can never get over. I think that if some of the "do gooders" who are really against abortions would volunteer their time to help young mothers,this would relieve the mothers of the stresses that comes with raising a child. One day a week off,while a volunteer baby sits, might keep a child alive to grow and become a valuable part of our society.
  • LA,
    If a woman is forced to look at an ultrasound to try to guilt her into an unwanted pregnancy then she should also need to see pictures of what a neglected, hungry , starving 3 year old looks like. Provide a person with all of the possibilities not just what someone else wants her to see. She and she alone knows her circumstances, financially and otherwise to provide for a child.
  • KC,
    I firmly believe that women should be required to view an ultrasound before seeking an abortion because i dont believe in abortions at all..there are millions of women who arent able to have babies of their own and would love to adopt these babies! I also believe that if you cant take responsibility for your own actions you shouldnt be having sex!!!
  • CP, Columbia
    Absolutely not! When will our local and federal governments stop trying to legislate and mandate women's lives and focus on substantive issues. It "takes two to tango" and women are the vessel, but if men were the vessel would any time at all be spent on abortion issues? Medical options for women have lagged behind men's for years. We have a flood of drugs on the market available for men with impotence while women's health issues (heart attacks and breast cancer most notably) have lagged for years. The government needs to focus on the issues of educating our children, universal health care, homeless people, etc. etc. and leave the issues of abortion up to the woman and her physician.
  • RS, Columbia
    The elected officials should spend more time on issues that the public are more concerned about such as education, gang violence,taxes and such and less time dictating personal choice agendas such as this.
  • LV, Columbia
    No, do we really want rape victims to relive that terrible experience?
  • BM, Leesville
    Yes, I think women seeking abortions should view an ultrasound image of their fetus. They could then see that is is alive and moving. Though small it still has many of the features it will have when it is ready to be born. I don't know how anyone could abort a child after viewing how remarkable that fetus is even at this early point in life.
  • CH, Columbia
    I don't think that that is right it is a womans right to have an abortion therefor it should be her right to not want to see the baby this is just another way for the government to try to get rid of abortion. While I don't think I would ever have one I do think that if a woman wants to it is her body she should have that right.
  • LW, Columbia
    In regard to this issue I feel that those without sin should cast the first stone. If we are going to force a woman to view an ultrasound, then why not vote on castrating pedophiles, rapists and sex offenders? Why not give the family of a murdered victim the decision as to whether or not the murderer lives or dies? It is amazing to me how easily our fellow "Christians" as well as our "Political System" are so righteously trying to cause further hurt to women who may or may not be at fault by abortion. I believe that those same "Christians" should be praying for Israel and stop using their energy to judge the women who feel that they are actually doing the right thing at the decision of an abortion. I would certainly hope that each "judge" in this area, who feel that they have all of the answers, would gather some true facts on how a woman comes to the decision to have an abortion. First of all, it is not usually a form of birth control for most women. The emotions run deep and it is not something that is decided easily or ever forgotten. Most women have already convicted themselves enough and to force a woman to view a small black dot on a screen prior to the abortion is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard. Why force someone to do something like that. Just to be a nasty and mean? How hateful! What about the Pro-Live supporters that say when it concerns rape or incest it is acceptable to have an abortion? That is so beyond hypocritical to say that it isn't murder in those cases, but for all other reasons for an abortion it is murder. Are we going to put those women through a lie detector test to make sure they can be exempt from viewing that group of cells on a screen? Well, I don't feel that my hard earned money taken from me for "taxes" should pay for women and their children to have free health care, food and housing. Let's vote to end that!
  • AS, Lexington
    I believe that this bill is a great idea and I hope it passes! As someone who works daily with young adults, I see too many young pregnant girls and some DO have abortions (one recently). It sickens me to see them using this as a solution to their inconvience. And yes, I here them talk about it and some have had multiple abortions! This is absolutely ridiculous when there are so many out there that are unable to have children of there own and would gladly adopt a child that a young mom is unable to care for. My husband and I would have gladly adopted a child if we were unable to have one(after so many years of trying). But, we were finally blessed with our own little bundle of joy. A young lady asked me one day "Is the baby alive when you're 5-6 months pregnant?" Come on, most of them have no idea what they are doing and how much the baby is actually developed and LIVING when they choose to have an abortion. Having an abortion is something that many young women will regret for the rest of their lives and I believe that it would be a great decision to have them look at their baby before they make a decision to abort it. Maybe then, they would rethink the consequences and options for them and their unborn child.
  • JO, Greensboro
    Only a man would think of such an idea. An abortion is such a traumatic decision for a woman, why would you add this stress factor? PLEASE VOTE NO !!!
  • TH, Irmo
    Oh come on. Do these lawmakers seriously think that women take abortion this lightly? Making the choice to have an abortion is devastating enough without adding salt to the wound. You cannot force anyone to look at anything. It's unconstitutional, not to mention ridiculous to think that something like this could be enforced. You cannot force someone to watch a certain tv channel. You cannot force someone to look at a certain picture. What makes our lawmakers think that they can force a woman to look at an ultrasound of an unwanted fetus? Don't our lawmakers have anything better to do than try and pass demeaning and disdainful laws aimed at swaying women away from choosing to have an abortion? I don't see them running out and signing up to be foster or adoptive parents to all the children waiting for homes. Let's get our focus back on some real issues, please.
  • CW, Columbia
    I do not agree with the bill. When reading the other postings, everyone talks about having the baby and giving it up for adoption. Why have a child with the intent to give it up? There are millions of "unwanted" children in orphanages all over the country? Growing up in a life where you are passed from home to home with the feeling that no one wants you or loves you is not good for that person or society. We have too many children up for adoption as it is. We don't need to add more.
  • jg, Columbia
    No! It is highly ironic that the ultraconservatives who support this idea are the same people who whine and moan about their taxes being used to support welfare babies and medicare babies, and who probably enjoy the thought of Black, Hispanic and other minority mothers having abortions. Also, why should only the WOMAN be forced to endure this government-enforced emotional torment? Why not find the fetus's father, have the police drag his a** to the clinic, and force HIM to view the ultrasound too? If we're serious about saving lives, we should go all the way, right? Sounds fair to me - and I'm a guy!
  • BG, Columbia
    I don't agree with the bill. By that point, the decision to abort has been made for reasons outside of the fact of what the fetus looks like in an ultrasound. I think being *forced* to view the image is unfair to the woman who already has dealt with making the decision and having to live with it. This would only add a tremendous amount of more mental anguish. Also, I believe that men (no offense) don't have "authority" to decide something like this. They can't get pregnant and they will never personally know what it is like to go through something like this. So it is unfair for them to pretend to truly know and understand what they are proposing.
  • LV, Lexington
    no - I think a women has the right to choose what is best for her
  • MA, Gtlbert
    Absolutely! That growing in them is a live human being and to get rid of it is murder! Regardless how these women became pregnant is not the child's fault,but the parent's fault. God will judge them!
  • WW, Columbia
    When the Senator from Chester has eggs for breakfast does he think he is eating a chicken???? Stop politicans from interfearing on individual rights!
  • SG, Saluda
    Requiring a woman to look @ an ultrasound is just a form of intimidation. Lawmakers who are against abortion are trying to find any way to scare women out of doing what they feel is right for them.
  • DG, Chapin
    It should be a woman's choice, and not be made to feel guilty about her decision. There are many factors that go into making a life changing decision as this and which a woman has a right to make that decision in private without outside influences saying what is best for her when they don't even know the reasoning behind the decision or the situation that has brought her to the decision.
  • JB,
    NO Its a violation of persons civil rights. A ultrasound is an individuals right to request or refuse.
  • TM, West columbia
    Yes, I think women should be shown a picture of their Baby before they decide to have an abortion. It would be very hard to deny there is a life there when it is presented to them in Black and White. When I had my first ultrasound I was only about 3 months and already I could see my son sucking his thumb and moving around. But the most beautiful part was when I saw his Beating Heart. Is not that a sign of life? Is not that the way a Doctor tells if a person has passed on, checking for a pulse? Come On Lawmakers Please Stand Up For The Babies. I am not a crazy radical who believes in bombing abortion clinics but I do believe human life is sacred. How much time would a person serve if they "Did Away" with puppies and kitties? What happens when a Mom "loses it" and kills her baby" Does she not serve time in prison or a mental ward? What is the difference? It is still her child whether it is born or unborn!
  • KE, Lexington
    ARE YOU KIDDING!?!? Is this seriously what we are paying lawmakers to do? Come up with absurd laws and new ways to waste taxpayer money? I can tell you right now, ultrasounds are expensive, and I am outraged that lawmakers expect me to help fund it. I have my own, much wanted, unborn baby to worry about. If a woman wants to have an abortion, it is NO ONE ELSE'S business. This is rediculous!
  • Js, Columbia
    it is tragic that a woman should need an abortion, and it is even sadder that society has set up an adversarial relationship between mother and unborn fetus, but this law seeks to only do one thing and that is to turn thumbscrews at an already emotial time in this life. I believe that torture is illegal in this country still.
  • LW, Columbia
    If we are going to force a woman to view an ultrasound, then why not vote on castrating pedophiles, rapists and sex offenders? Why not give the family of a murdered victim the decision as to whether or not the murderer lives or dies? It is amazing to me how easily our fellow "Christians" as well as our "Political System" are so righteously trying to cause further hurt to women who may or may not be at fault by abortion. I believe that those same "Christians" should be praying for Israel and stop using their energy to judge the women who feel that they are actually doing the right thing at the decision of an abortion. I would certainly hope that each "judge" in this area, who feel that they have all of the answers, would gather some true facts on how a woman comes to the decision to have an abortion. First of all, it is not usually a form of birth control for most women. The emotions run deep and it is not something that is decided easily or ever forgotten. Most women have already convicted themselves enough and to force a woman to view a small black dot on a screen prior to the abortion is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard. Why force someone to do something like that. Just to be a nasty and mean? How hateful! What about the Pro-Live supporters that say when it concerns rape or incest it is acceptable to have an abortion? That is so beyond hypocritical to say that it isn't murder in those cases, but for all other reasons for an abortion it is murder. Are we going to put those women through a lie detector test to make sure they can be exempt from viewing that group of cells on a screen? Well, I don't feel that my hard earned money taken from me for "taxes" should pay for women and their children to have free health care, food and housing. Let's vote to end that!
  • LL, West Columbia
    It's not only absurd, but it's insulting to a woman's intelligence! Despite what the backward thinking on this proposal seems to suggest, women struggle with this decision-and abortion is often the right decision!
  • DH, Lexington
    Yes they should. This would make it a lot more clear what they are about to do and what it will affect, and hopefully convince many to change their choice to go forward with the procedure.
  • kt, lexington
    this is crazy the government just needs to stay out of this. It is a womens choice, not the politicians
  • RM, Columbia
    Government has no business in personal medical decisions between a woman and her doctor.
  • HS, Lexington
    As someone who had an abortion at 18, I strongly support the requirement to view an ultrasound image of the baby before they consider whether or not to have an abortion. I am 36 now, but I still vividly remember how I dealt with my decision to have the abortion. I did not view my baby as a baby, but as a problem that I needed to deal with. If I had seen a picture of my baby, I would have, at the very least, been given the opportunity to view my baby as a life--not a problem. Would we want lawmakers to pass laws without being as infomed as they can possibly be about that particular issue? Seeing an ultrasound imagage allows the person or persons to make a more informed decision. How can that be wrong?
  • AL, Chapin
    Absolutely not. She has already made an extremely tough decision and should not have a government entity forcing her to review it. Its the womans decision and body and not a group of mostly elderly men telling her what to do.
  • DR, Florence
    This should be required only if anyone who enlists in the armed forces is required to watch videos of innocent people being destroyed by senseless violence.
  • CS, Columbia
    The decision to terminate a pregnancy may have been a difficult one to begin with, so why traumatize a woman with having to view an ultrasound? Legislators should focus on making our State a better place to live and its economy, and not try run our personal lives. Should we ask Mr. Dellaney to get a vasectomy?
  • LZ, Kershaw
    If the fetus is nothing then it won't be a problem looking at it. If it is a human The woman will be making an informed decision. Isn't that what the abortion rights people want?
  • CM, Hopkins
    I think the governor could find other things to do with his time, trying to put someone on a guilt trip doesn't stop them from doing what they want to do. If that were the case, abortion would have already been eradicated by the little man who stands on the street corner and in front of the Capital building with the doll on a stick! And I am not a advocating abortion for anyone who doesn't want to have one.
  • RS,
    No, that is terrible. Women already have enough to deal with before, during, and after an abortion. These pricks make such dumb laws or decisions, it's easy to set down and think of stupid things such as this.
  • DP, Winnsboro
    I think this would be a great decision. Hopefully,this would open their eyes to what they are really doing.
  • JP, GASTON
    I think the bill is a good idea. This would allow the women to see the true stage of the baby which would help them make a knowledgable choice.
  • TF, Elgin
    I think that this is a magnificent idea and I hope it comes to fruition! I sincerely hope that this will drastically cut down on the number of BABIES being MURDERED!
  • LB, Columbia
    I think that it is a good idea. Folks would have to face the facts of what they are about to do, instead of trying to suppress the truth and ignore it. I would like to know where the money would come from to pay for the ultrasounds though.
  • TE, Columbia
    How can we put stipulations on a womans right to choice what she wants to do with her body and her life. Most of SC's law makers are males,if they have no risk of being in this position. Some counceling should be involved regarding the decision for an abortion but why should a woman have to view an ultrasound as a means of attempting to guilt her out of the decision that she has made. Women choice abortion instead of having the state take care of their children and they feel it's best for them. How can we tell them what to do with their lives?
  • JJ, Irmo
    Yes! Abortion is an invasive surgical procedure. Informed consent is based upon predermined knowledge from physician and patient. This legislation simply puts more information into the hands of the patient/mother and increases the brevity of informed consent.
  • KM, Newberry
    Under NO circumstances. when a woman is makeing the desiscion to terminate a pregnancy, she needs nothing else to cause guilt. if we choose to require a woman to view her unwanted unborn child it may sway descision. In turn we will have more neglected, abuse and unwanted children for the taxpayers in this state to be responsilble for. If a mother doesn't want to follow thru with a preganancy it her choice and hers alone.
  • LC, Columbia
    You better believe that they should have an ultrosound. A lot of clinics tell you that the baby is the size of a pea at 8 weeks and has no heartbeat. I am all for this bill... Please make it pass. The woman needs to see what she is killing. There is always the choice of an adoption. A woman also needs to be informed of the long time side affects of having an abortion. It does not just stop the day you abort a child...It continues for the rest of your life.
  • AY, Lexington
    No, I don't believe that women seeking abortion should be required to view an ultrasound image of their fetus before the procedure as some of these "women" are in fact young girls and I believe the lasting emotional effects of such a heartbreaking decision are difficult enough to deal with in an adolescent mind, adding the image of the fetus may do irreversible damage to an already fragile and impressionable mind.
  • CC, Camden SC
    I think the bill is a great idea. This is life we are destroying and should not do so.
  • SH, Sumter
    I don't think one should be forced to look at an ultrasound pic. of a fetus, but then again, it might save an unborn child and the mother's feeling guilt down the road. Make the option of adoption more "user friendly." A woman's guilt for having an abortion can give her a lifetime of pain and regret. The most informed choice is the best. I am pro life and pro choice.
  • BW, Columbia
    No,I think government needs to focus on running the goevenment and stop trying to micromanage our lives. I don't support abortion but sometimes, it is the only viable answer to a difficult situation (rape, incest, etc). Many girls/women who el, ect this procedure, have to make that choice and seeing the untra sound will just add to their guilty feeling and their depression. For the others who "use it as a form of birth control" viewing the untrsound will make no difference in their decision.
  • KS, BLYTHEWOOD
    I would have that done. Because you are taking a baby from this world that deserves to be here. It sucks to see this happend. And to hear about it. So yes they should to see how fare the baby is. and if they can suport it give it to someone that can just addpot... it never hurts you can then look for your child if you do that. thanks
  • MM, Little Mtn.
    No, unless a man is lawfully made to view pictures of an unborn fetus and of an abortion/aborted fetus prior to having sex with a woman. After all a womman doesn't become pregnant by herself. Although she often has to accept the responsibility alone.
  • R ,
    This is absolutely absurd. Doesn't our government have anything better to do like immigration reform or harder punishment for predators for example rather then pander to right wing? What are all the fanatical Christian terrorists going to do when the day after pill shows up over the counter? They going to make it a law that everyone read the back of the label first? That would be funny since probably a lot in SC can't even read.
  • cS, columbia
    I do believe that a women should look at an ultrasound image of the baby, when i found out that i was pregnant with my daughter who i might add just turned 1 the begining of march. I was thinking about having an abortion until i saw the ultrasound image of her heart beating and her moving, and even when i got to hear her heart beat for the first time.So yet again i say yes because it changed my mind.
  • TM, Batesburg
    I think this is a great thing! They need to hear the heartbeat and see that baby moving. If you see or hear the heartbeat or see the baby moving, how can you say it is not a baby but merely a fetus?!
  • IR, Newberry
    Women seeking abortion should be required to see an ultrasound before the procedure. Maybe it will make them see the little life that's in their fetus and make them change their mind about having an abortion.
  • T , columbia
    No! It should not be a law to view the ultrasound.
  • JW, Salley
    Yes I do think women should be required to look at the ultrasound. I have given birth to two children and I didn't realize how special my unborn child was until I saw the ultrasound and realize the life I was carrying is a human being and I was responsible for him or her.
  • AT, SUMTER
    yes, i beleivethat women should have to view an ultrasound before having an abortion because i think that if they saw the baby and even heard their heart beat they would change there mind.
  • JD, Lexington
    They definitely should be required to view an ultrasound. Before they make a big mistake, they should at least partially view what they are about to destroy.
  • cj, columbia, sc
    Sounds resonable, even if it takes a minute from a ladie's time.
  • JP, Columbia
    This is just another "feel good" law. These women have already decided to murder their unborn infants. I know they will expect the taxpayers to fund the procedure and I just dont feel like paying for anything else.
  • JL, cola
    Women who have to make a tuff decision like abortion shouldn't have these pictures crammed down their throat!
  • BH, Prosperity
    I believe they should be made to view an ultrasound, so they can make a decision based on fact and not on hear say. It is hard to view an ultrasound and be convinced this is not a human being! In the long run, it will save them grief later on by not dealing with the thought they destroyed a living human being, based on the views of another person. Today everyone wants facts...this is one way to get it!
  • KK, Gaston
    No! No one has the right to say what you can or can not do to your own body. We have way to many children on the streets with no where to go. We have way too many children in foster homes because of abuse and worse, not even in the foster homes but forced, due to a "lack of personnel" which in my opinion means "lack of concern" to stay in the abuser's home. Let women decide what women want to do with their bodies.
  • SP,
    I don't believe she should be made to view it.
  • CB, Cassatt
    NO,absolutely not! This is another example of government getting involved in something that is NONE of their business. Ok, if the pro-life ppl have the right to do this, what about the pro-choice ppl??? Shouldn't they get equal time?? I think the people required to look at this should also look at all the unwanted children, the child abuse, the shaken babies, the vegetables born because "this is a life". I don't consider it a baby til it can live outside the mother.WHY would anyone in the USA want to support through medicaid and welfare MORE unwanted and many afflicted babies? I for one and sick of paying for them. I agree with whoever said this was going to be hard on poor women seeking abortions and that is very true. People may try not to become pregnant and the birthcontrol fails. This is infringing on the rights of the mother and HER BODY. This is not a government concern!
  • KJ, Lexington
    This is just a guilt tactic to bring more unwanted children into the world, and we really need more of those. For someone wh, o truly doesn't want a child, it won't make a difference. A fetus is a fetus and still isn't viable outside of the womb that early. The government should put it's energy into figuring out what to do with all of the unwanted and abused children we already have in the U.S. rather than forcing more. Shouldn't the fetus have a right to not be brought into an unwanted, unloved, and abusive environment? Maybe we wouldn't have so many children being abused and murdered at the hands of their parents if they exercised the abortion option to begin with!!
  • BG, Irmo
    No. Who would force a woman to look at an x-ray of a fetus under any circumstances prior to an abortion? It's a complex issue and centers around what some would call the Original Sin, Choice. My first wife was diagnosed with illness in the late 1970's and was pregnant (her second). The doctor advised us that she would not survive the pregnancy and recommended an abortion. Being a good catholic she struggled with the decision, I persuaded her to consider our son's future and her own life. She had the child aborted and we lived with the decision. I don't want to imagine what my life and our son's life would have been without her. Not anyone else's business, especially the State. Regarding some of the comments made in response to this question. No religious zealot has any business becoming involved in what goes on between a doctor and his patient. You have no right to judge others in these matters. If some sick freak had raped my daughter, would you make her look at an x-ray before aborting the product of a rape? Would you be there to help deal with the trauma of being forced to raise the spawn of a rapist? Not anyone else's business, especially the state. I'm laying in a hospital bed, in a coma, brain dead, I have a living will. My wife's presents the doctor with a copy of the will, he pulls the plug. Not anyone else's business, especially the state.
  • PS, Leesville
    That is a cruel way to handle an already difficult situation. I am sure these womens' decisions are hard enough without an image that they will live with for the rest of their lives. The assumption is that they are making a frivolous decision, and someone needs to change their minds. Mind your own business.
  • LC, Columbia
    You better believe that they should have an ultrosound. A lot of clinics tell you that the baby is the size of a pea at 8 weeks and has no heartbeat. I am all for this bill... Please make it pass. The woman needs to see what she is killing. There is always the choice of an adoption. A woman also needs to be informed of the long time side affects of having an abortion. It does not just stop the day you abort a child...It continues for the rest of your life.
  • AY, Lexington
    No, I don't believe that women seeking abortion should be required to view an ultrasound image of their fetus before the procedure as some of these "women" are in fact young girls and I believe the lasting emotional effects of such a heartbreaking decision are difficult enough to deal with in an adolescent mind, adding the image of the fetus may do irreversible damage to an already fragile and impressionable mind.
  • CC, Camden SC
    I think the bill is a great idea. This is life we are destroying and should not do so.
  • SH, Sumter
    I don't think one should be forced to look at an ultrasound pic. of a fetus, but then again, it might save an unborn child and the mother's feeling guilt down the road. Make the option of adoption more "user friendly." A woman's guilt for having an abortion can give her a lifetime of pain and regret. The most informed choice is the best. I am pro life and pro choice.
  • BW, Columbia
    No,I think government needs to focus on running the goevenment and stop trying to micromanage our lives. I don't support abortion but sometimes, it is the only viable answer to a difficult situation (rape, incest, etc). Many girls/women who elect this procedure, have to make that choice and seeing the untra sound will just add to their guilty feeling and their depression. For the others who "use it as a form of birth control" viewing the untrsound will make no difference in their decision.
  • KS, BLYTHEWOOD
    I would have that done. Because you are taking a baby from this world that deserves to be here. It sucks to see this happend. And to hear about it. So yes they should to see how fare the baby is. and if they can suport it give it to someone that can just addpot... it never hurts you can then look for your child if you do that. thanks
  • MM, Little Mtn.
    No, unless a man is lawfully made to view pictures of an unborn fetus and of an abortion/aborted fetus prior to having sex with a woman. After all a womman doesn't become pregnant by herself. Although she often has to accept the responsibility alone.
  • R ,
    This is absolutely absurd. Doesn't our government have anything better to do like immigration reform or harder punishment for predators for example rather then pander to right wing? What are all the fanatical Christian terrorists going to do when the day after pill shows up over the counter? They going to make it a law that everyone read the back of the label first? That would be funny since probably a lot in SC can't even read.
  • cS, columbia
    I do believe that a women should look at an ultrasound image of the baby, when i found out that i was pregnant with my daughter who i might add just turned 1 the begining of march. I was thinking about having an abortion until i saw the ultrasound image of her heart beating and her moving, and even when i got to hear her heart beat for the first time.So yet again i say yes because it changed my mind.
  • TM, Batesburg
    I think this is a great thing! They need to hear the heartbeat and see that baby moving. If you see or hear the heartbeat or see the baby moving, how can you say it is not a baby but merely a fetus?!
  • IR, Newberry
    Women seeking abortion should be required to see an ultrasound before the procedure. Maybe it will make them see the little life that's in their fetus and make them change their mind about having an abortion.
  • T , columbia
    No! It should not be a la, w to view the ultrasound.
  • JW, Salley
    Yes I do think women should be required to look at the ultrasound. I have given birth to two children and I didn't realize how special my unborn child was until I saw the ultrasound and realize the life I was carrying is a human being and I was responsible for him or her.
  • AT, SUMTER
    yes, i beleivethat women should have to view an ultrasound before having an abortion because i think that if they saw the baby and even heard their heart beat they would change there mind.
  • JD, Lexington
    They definitely should be required to view an ultrasound. Before they make a big mistake, they should at least partially view what they are about to destroy.
  • cj, columbia, sc
    Sounds resonable, even if it takes a minute from a ladie's time.
  • JP, Columbia
    This is just another "feel good" law. These women have already decided to murder their unborn infants. I know they will expect the taxpayers to fund the procedure and I just dont feel like paying for anything else.
  • JL, cola
    Women who have to make a tuff decision like abortion shouldn't have these pictures crammed down their throat!
  • BH, Prosperity
    I believe they should be made to view an ultrasound, so they can make a decision based on fact and not on hear say. It is hard to view an ultrasound and be convinced this is not a human being! In the long run, it will save them grief later on by not dealing with the thought they destroyed a living human being, based on the views of another person. Today everyone wants facts...this is one way to get it!
  • KK, Gaston
    No! No one has the right to say what you can or can not do to your own body. We have way to many children on the streets with no where to go. We have way too many children in foster homes because of abuse and worse, not even in the foster homes but forced, due to a "lack of personnel" which in my opinion means "lack of concern" to stay in the abuser's home. Let women decide what women want to do with their bodies.
  • SP,
    I don't believe she should be made to view it.
  • CB, Cassatt
    NO,absolutely not! This is another example of government getting involved in something that is NONE of their business. Ok, if the pro-life ppl have the right to do this, what about the pro-choice ppl??? Shouldn't they get equal time?? I think the people required to look at this should also look at all the unwanted children, the child abuse, the shaken babies, the vegetables born because "this is a life". I don't consider it a baby til it can live outside the mother.WHY would anyone in the USA want to support through medicaid and welfare MORE unwanted and many afflicted babies? I for one and sick of paying for them. I agree with whoever said this was going to be hard on poor women seeking abortions and that is very true. People may try not to become pregnant and the birthcontrol fails. This is infringing on the rights of the mother and HER BODY. This is not a government concern!
  • KJ, Lexington
    This is just a guilt tactic to bring more unwanted children into the world, and we really need more of those. For someone who truly doesn't want a child, it won't make a difference. A fetus is a fetus and still isn't viable outside of the womb that early. The government should put it's energy into figuring out what to do with all of the unwanted and abused children we already have in the U.S. rather than forcing more. Shouldn't the fetus have a right to not be brought into an unwanted, unloved, and abusive environment? Maybe we wouldn't have so many children being abused and murdered at the hands of their parents if they exercised the abortion option to begin with!!
  • BG, Irmo
    No. Who would force a woman to look at an x-ray of a fetus under any circumstances prior to an abortion? It's a complex issue and centers around what some would call the Original Sin, Choice. My first wife was diagnosed with illness in the late 1970's and was pregnant (her second). The doctor advised us that she would not survive the pregnancy and recommended an abortion. Being a good catholic she struggled with the decision, I persuaded her to consider our son's future and her own life. She had the child aborted and we lived with the decision. I don't want to imagine what my life and our son's life would have been without her. Not anyone else's business, especially the State. Regarding some of the comments made in response to this question. No religious zealot has any business becoming involved in what goes on between a doctor and his patient. You have no right to judge others in these matters. If some sick freak had raped my daughter, would you make her look at an x-ray before aborting the product of a rape? Would you be there to help deal with the trauma of being forced to raise the spawn of a rapist? Not anyone else's business, especially the state. I'm laying in a hospital bed, in a coma, brain dead, I have a living will. My wife's presents the doctor with a copy of the will, he pulls the plug. Not anyone else's business, especially the state.
  • PS, Leesville
    That is a cruel way to handle an already difficult situation. I am sure these womens' decisions are hard enough without an image that they will live with for the rest of their lives. The assumption is that they are making a frivolous decision, and someone needs to change their minds. Mind your own business.
  • KG, Columbia
    This would insure that women are making a fully informed decision about abortion. I don't understand the resistance to requiring that women be fully informed. Women who are determined to abort will not be swayed by the images and those who are swayed were not that committed to the decision, in which case they shouldn't do somehting that is irreversable and likely to cause them some degree of mental and emotional distress for the rest of their lives.
  • JM, Irmo
    I don't think any woman should be forced to have an ultrasound done before desiding to have an abortion. 1 because what if for a medical reason a woman can't have the child and accidently got pregnant she should be forced to have an ultrasound of her child for it to just hurt her more than it will hurt her to have to abort her unborn child because she can't have the child and be reminded of what she can not have. 2 what if a woman had gotten rapped and was forced to see the child in her of a man that rapped her and got her pregnant. Most women don't want to see the child she has to abort because she was rapped. It is unfair to any woman to be forced to have an ultrasound before deciding to abort. If I was rapped I wouldn't want to keep the child or carry it to full term, I want the child to be made out of love, and I have a heart condition and if I was to accidently get pregnant I surely don't want to die having a child and the child not knowing its mother. And no one should be forced to do something they don't want to do. And what if the mother can not afford an ultrasound IS THE STATE GOING TO HELP PAY FOR IT? No, they will not. It is bad enought that if a woman can not afford an ultrasound and has to try to come up with the money to abort a child that isn't wanted. Expecially for women that are not ready for childern. Financally or physically. Or women that do not make enough money to care for themselves. So the government really needs to think twice before passing or deciding to pass this law. What happend to our freedom to make disions or speech. Don't other women or any woman of that matter get a say so in it.
  • BK, Columbia
    I believe that this bill is one that needs to be adopted on a national level. I believe that abotions are wrong and should not be allowed to be performed. However, if they must continue, making the mother view the ultrasound before having the abortion would make them come to the reality and see the life that they are taking.
  • JW, Elgin
    Personally anything that reduces the number of abortions is good to me. I think that abortion should be illegal altogether. Its murder.
  • MM, Columbia
    I beleive the bill should be passed to require a viewing of the ultrasound prior to the abortion. This would be a reality check for most people in seeing an the child growing inside of them. Most do not want to face the reality of the situation and thus remain in denial of what is being done. The abortion clinics would not have many clients if this law were to go into effect and rightly so.
  • PL, Batesburg
    I think every woman should see that baby moving, That it is a life inside of her. If they still have abortion after that they are not much of a person to begin with.
  • HS, Columbia
    I guess the idea is that if you see the baby, you won't want to abort it? How does this help a rape victim? How does it help a woman that is forced to abort a baby because she has a medical condition that if left untreated will kill her? How does this help the 16 year old girl that made a mistake? Do we as women have to view the fetus to know it is a life?? This is insane. What's next.......We require women that want their tubes tied or men that want vasectomies to watch a video of a baby? How about making these legislators walk through the NICU and see all the messed up preemies that the mom was too young for and had early. Or even better, walk through a children's home and see the kids someone didn't want, but couldn't afford an abortion! Give me a break.
  • EF, Columbia
    I think that a woman should see an ultrasound before an abortion procedure. As a soon to be mother, I think when a woman hears that heart beat that she will see that this is a life and not just an inconvienience. I think it will make a woman think twice about what she , is doing if she hears that heart beat. There are other alternatives out there if a woman's pregnancy is an inconvenience. There are plenty of couples willing to adopt becuase they are unable to have a child of their own.
  • RM, Columbia
    It's about time something like this is coming up for discussion and that we do whatever we can to protect those innocent, unborn children. I think in many cases now, women are almost using this as a form of "birth control". "Oh, well, I'm pregnant but don't want it, so I'll just get rid of it seems to be the attitude more and more these days." Don't take your poor decision-making out on an innocent life. Be as responsible as you can and realize that the life you are carrying inside you is a miracle from the very beginning. Most importantly, the fact there are so many women out there who are unable to conceive and the children so flippantly being discarded could be put up for adoption and be given a loving home. So my answer is YES! Women should look at those little arms, feet, nose, etc. and realize it's a beautiful baby that deserves a chance at life. Thank you for letting me voice my opinion.
  • GC, Columbia
    My sister was going to get an abortion until she saw the ultrasound and she immediately changed her mind. My nephew is now 13 years old and I cannot imagine a world without that wonderful child. For MS of Columbia who said "These are the same people opposed to breast feeding in a store's bathroom." Do you dine in bathrooms? I can assure you that I breastfed both of my children and did so with the most discretion and I never did that in the bathroom, as that's not what the bathroom is for. I am a very modest person but I do not have any "hangups" about breastfeeding as that's what the mams are for. These are the same people opposed to breast feeding in a store's bathroom.
  • JV, Harbison
    What a silly agenda Gov. Sanford is pushing here. If you are pro-life, of course you would push for this,pro-choice, no way and even if they did it would not change their mind. Should gay people be subjected to looking at how normal heterosexuals live their lives?
  • JB, Ridgeway
    Well, first of all abortion is 100% wrong. I do not support it at all. But if it's going to remain legal, then I say YES, they should view the ultrasound.
  • WP, Rock Hill
    I think this is a wonderful idea. Americans and people of the world should focus on love and on life. Women contemplating abortion should have to look at the life that they are carrying and realize that it is a human being growing inside of them. And, after they look at the pictures of their ultrasounds, they should look at pictures of what happens to babies when babies are aborded; how their bodies are mutilated. At the same time abortion protestors should have to look at the pictures of mutilated bodies that resulted from the bombings of abortion clinics; when hate and extremism has gone too far. If we spent more time loving our children and loving young pregnant women rather than pointing at them and judging them, there would be a lot less of our young women feeling the need to sneak off somewhere to have the abortions in the first place. If we had more programs to encourage mothers to have their children; more tax breaks for single mothers who carry their babies to term, medical cost assistance during pregnancy for single mothers, lowering most of the legal red tape and costs of adoptions, maybe we would see less abortions each year. Two places that are key in helping reverse the high numbers of abortions each year; first, the family and second, the church. Families need to communicate and be open and honest more with each other. Parents need to educate their children on sex and they need to keep a closer watch on their children at all times. I know it's difficult, but isn't that what being a parent is all about? Secondly, if churches would begin to really show the love of the New Testament church, today, where people genuinely loved, forgave and accepted each other, beyond their faults, abortions would become a mute point - especially in the political arena.
  • MP, Chapin
    I think they should be required to view an ultrasound before having an abortion. A lot of girls (and women) don't understand that its a real person in there with a heartbeat already.
  • jj, camden
    I think it is a good idea for women to look at their unborn child before making a decision that will effect them for the rest of their life.
  • JB, Newberry
    When will these idiots get back to the business of the state and get out of the examining room and surgery? This is the most idiotic thing I've heard in a long time. What's next? It's about time these "fundamentalists" shut up with this craziness. If they're that worried about abortion or unwanted pregnancy why are they still having children themselves instead of adopting all the children who are in orphanages and foster care?
  • MS, Columbia
    Personally, I am opposed to abortion, but that is a terrible idea. Why not spend time in the house talking about something productive -- like why so many teens are getting pregnant and how we can prevent that and not how to 'torture' someone once pregnant. These are the same people opposed to breast feeding in a store's bathroom.
  • gh,
    yes it should be required.
  • ss, lexington
    Yes. However I dont think it will change the minds of many seeking abortion. They need to be counseled about adoption and it should be made an easier choice. So many women/girls seeking abortion are not informed about their choices, ie: adoption,and Daniels law. I hope that this new bill will include the other options to help them with their decision to give their baby to someone who would love to care for it.
  • SM, Lexington
    Yes. To see the life inside of a mother is beyond wonderful. It may clear her mind seeing life and choose motherhood or adoption.
  • KW, Irmo
    Pregnancy is a medical condition. Abortion a medical procedure. Why would a woman NOT want to be informed & view everything available to her!?!
  • TM, Lexington
    ABSOLUTLY,I think given the opertunity to face the truth that a pregnacy is a full human being and not just a blob of cells at any time during the whole 9 month period is a huge wake up call for a woman who is about to have an abortion. It is murder and I'm not saying that because I am a christian. I used to be pro-chioce when i was younger but now that I have a child I would do whatever I had to to protect that life. All (100 %) of women who have had an abortion suffer the consequences in one way or another. Unless they are heartless and in that case they should not have kids anyway and should use the option of adoption.
  • AH, Chapin
    To require women to view ultrasound images of a fetus before aborting is an absolutely ridiculous scare tactic. Not only will it raise the costs of abortions, making it more difficult for poor women to have the procedure, it will further traumatize victims of such crimes as rape and incest if the patient became pregnant as a result of rape and/or incest. If folks really want to lower the abortion rate in this state, we need to work on pushing things like REAL sex education in our schools that teaches on real birth control and STI prevention along side abstinence. Although only being allowed to teach abstinence to kids would be lovely in a perfect world, truth is kids are having sex younger and younger, STI rates are going up and up higher in the under 18 crowd, and it's not all that uncommon to find a 12 or 13 year old pregnant girl in South Carolina schools these days.
  • RD, Sumter
    I love it! Being a Christian, and knowing that abortion is murder, maybe this will change some minds and allow the life that only God can create to continue.
  • HR, Elgin
    With everything else going on in this world,it seems that the lawmakers are wasting our time and money on laws that have already been decided years ago. Last time I looked I am American and I have the right to freedom, sounds like the United States is turning into a country where the citizens don't have any rights. sounds like the war we are fighting in another place. Does this mean the war really needs to here instead.
  • ES, Columbia
    Yes! Women need to be fully informed about any proceedure being done to their body. Why wouldn't they want too? There is no such thing as too much information.
  • SM, Lexington
    Yes.It should be part of the"complete informed decision" & after I have seen these done for over thirty years people esp. law makers need to get thier head out of the sand & realize how many of these abortions are done month after month on the same people as their chosen form of birth control.
  • DC, Lugoff
    Yes....definately !! That way they could actually 'see' that this is not just a 'blob' of flesh....like they're being told by certain organizations that push the abortion issue !!! It is a real lil' human being with a real heart beat !!
  • DT, West Columbia
    No, this is no more necessary than requiring a woman to view her own x-ray before obtaining treatment. What it really going on here is that the Religious Right is seeking a legal means to insert its message into the supposedly private dialog between a woman and her physician
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