SB 50, introduced by Sen. Leising is one of those anti-abortion measures that makes me think the proponent doesn’t actually have a serious moral position against abortion but, rather, is just playing some kind of game with it.
This bill would require a pregnant woman seeking an abortion to obtain a fetal ultrasound imaging at least 18 hours prior to the abortion, to listen to the heart beat if audible, and view and receive a copy of the imaging. And, of course, foot the bill for this mandate herself.
The only justification for this proposed government micromanagement of a woman’s medical decisions is the notion that abortion involves the termination of a human life. But, if you do subscribe to the notion that a fetus is a human life, fully entitled to the moral rights of other humans, then this legislation is monstrous. Can you imagine the outrage if Sen. Leising proposed legislation that required, before murdering a child between the ages of 6 and 10 years old, the murderer watched film and listened to audio of his or her victim at least 18 hours in advance? It’s like a mandatory snuff film.
The only explanation that makes sense to me is that the proponents of this sort of thing don’t regard fetal life as fully human. In which case, government should stay out of our medical decisions.