A national group called the ‘American Victims of Abortion’ was given the right to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a new Oklahoma abortion law. There has been a lot of buzz surrounding this new law, which would require a doctor or medical professional to show women images from an ultrasound before aborting.
Proponents of the law say seeing the images enhances the concept of informed consent, and discussing those images will allow the mother to examine every possibility before making her decision. Proponents also argue that mothers are free to avert their eyes if they are firm in their decision and do not wish to see the images.
Opponents of the measure argue that forcing a woman to see the images of the fetus is intrusive and violates women’s constitutional rights of women. There is also a concern that the new law will infringe on the doctor-patient relationship. Additionally, the law could be perceived as patronizing because it assumes women have not thought the decision out as thoroughly as possible and need a photographic reminder of the gravity of the decision.
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