Pay attention, judge – ultrasound mandate not a 'burden'

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

hand with ultrasound wandA pro-life leader in Indiana, disappointed by a ruling against the state's ultrasound law, says the judge issuing the ruling failed to recognize a legitimate alternative to what the judge considers a problem with the law.

The Indiana statute – signed into law a little more than a year ago by then-Governor Mike Pence – requires a woman contemplating an abortion to have an ultrasound at least 18 hours before actually having the procedure to terminate the baby's life. Judge Tanya Pratt negated that mandate last week, saying it would create "significant financial and other burdens" on Planned Parenthood and its clients – particularly low-income women.

Michael Fichter of Indiana Right to Life says it's a very disappointing ruling.

"Planned Parenthood argued that they only have six ultrasound machines in the entire state of Indiana," he tells OneNewsNow. "And they argued that this is actually an undue burden to require that they do this 18 hours in advance."

Indiana Right to LifeA previous state provision required the ultrasound but didn't specify when it had to occur. Fichter contends the only reason the new law might be an "undue burden" is because Planned Parenthood "only wants to do the ultrasound at the actual abortion clinic" so that they can then do the abortion right then.

The financially rich Planned Parenthood could have solved the problem by installing sonogram equipment at its satellite centers.

Fichter also explains a factor the judge didn't consider: "As a side note, Indiana's pro-life pregnancy centers have over 50 ultrasound machines available – and they offer all of their services free to women."

But as the pro-life spokesman points out, if those centers are able to convince the woman to have the baby and provide her any needed services, it would impact Planned Parenthood's bottom line by eliminating the income from an abortion.

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