Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Source: Illinois Family Institute
4/27/2005 8:41:00 AM
By Jill Stanek - WORLDNETDAILY.COM
A real ultrasound picture of Ryan, 3 months before birth.
Another picture of Ryan, 6 months after his birth.
Ultrasound images of crying, pre-born babies interrupted the abortionist's otherwise relaxing nightmare about dismembering them in utero. He awoke with a start in a cold sweat.
"Ultrasounds are ruining us!" he fretted aloud in the dark (although the demons flying around his bed heard). "Our 'blobs of tissue' sound bite will soon be worthless!"
Indeed, ultrasounds are worthy adversaries against abortion. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case mothers in crisis pregnancies are seeing their pre-born babies via ultrasound and bonding with them when they otherwise wouldn't have.
In fact, a November 2003 Focus on the Family study showed a whopping 79 percent of abortion-minded mothers change their minds after viewing their baby's ultrasound - and until recently, these have only been the black-and-white, murky 2D models.
In the past 10 years, 3D and 4D ultrasounds have gone further to revolutionize attitudes toward preborn babies. 3D ultrasounds provide remarkably detailed color images, and 4D ultrasounds add the dimension of movement to provide video imaging
Recently, 3D-4D ultrasound shops have sprung up around the country, commercial enterprises wherein a mother pays for a virtual bonding experience with her pre-born baby via a half-hour ultrasound session that includes keepsake pictures and a video. Dads, sibs and grandparents may also get in on the experience.
This, of course, has pro-aborts in a dither. As these shops locate in malls - with huge and amazing photos of pre-born babies plastered on their storefront windows - the covert negative public relations the other side gets is unfathomable, inadvertent pro-life propaganda that thousands of people see every day. Horrors!
Pro-aborts have already tried and failed to shut the window to the womb at pregnancy care centers. In early 2002, fetal-vicious New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer began bullying pregnancy care centers, only to retreat after two short months when it became impossible to spin himself from looking like anything but a jerk.
Likewise, Illinois' pro-abort AG Lisa Madigan, launched a similar assault, only to also back away - perhaps because she became pregnant and discovered her "blob" kicked.
The other side has not abandoned its ultimate goal, though, to return fetuses to the literal dark ages.
Now, they think they have found a way. Because keepsake ultrasound shops have operated largely unregulated to this point, pro-aborts are seeking not to standardize them, but to criminalize them through legislation, tacking on language they think will stop pregnancy care centers from using ultrasounds, too.
Mind you, there are no demonstrated risks from ultrasounds, which have been used in the medical field almost 50 years and have been studied ad nauseum.
While the Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) and medical organizations disapprove of commercial use of ultrasounds at this point, the FDA has approved most, if not all, of the ultrasound machines in use.
But pro-aborts are suddenly concerned about the "what-ifs." This is out of character, since they scoff at the 41 worldwide studies demonstrating a link between abortion and breast cancer, and repeatedly battle legislation around the country to inform pre-abortive women of the verified harms of abortion.
So, in Illinois, fetusphobic state Rep. Rosemary Mulligan, who never saw a pro-life bill she didn't hiss at or a pro-abort bill she didn't rub her face in, with the encouragement of IIllinois Planned Parenthood, has introduced the toughest anti-ultrasound bill in the country to date, House Bill 2492. It would criminalize fetal ultrasound centers, and just to be sure, also prohibit doctors from writing referrals for keepsake ultrasounds.
Even liberal Chicago Tribune Columnist Eric Zorn thinks banning entertainment ultrasounds is over the top, making the following good points:
My sense, after looking through megabytes of material from both sides in this debate, is that non-medical ultrasound should be studied further, regulated but not banned.
Since science hasn't demonstrated harmful effects of non-medical ultrasound ... yet experts remain cautious, it seems to me that women who choose to undergo it should be provided in advance with the Food and Drug Administration's statement on why the agency doesn't approve and then be allowed to make their own decision.
If we want to protect fetal health with strict new laws, how about making it illegal for pregnant women to drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes, as some readers suggested?
Clearly, pro-aborts want to shut what is for them a Pandora's Window. "See no fetus, hear no fetus" is one way to keep mothers barefoot and aborting. They bring new meaning to the term, "Dark Ages."
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Jill Stanek fought to stop "live-birth abortion" after witnessing one as a registered nurse at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. In 2002, President George W. Bush asked Jill to attend his signing of the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. In January 2003, World Magazine named Jill one of the 30 most prominent pro-life leaders of the past 30 years.