Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wisconsin Senate passes bill allowing optional ultrasound before abortion

The Wisconsin state senate approved a bill this morning that would allow women considering an abortion a chance to see an ultrasound of their baby beforehand. In other states with similar laws on the books, abortions have declined as women choose life for their baby.

After the vote, Wisconsin Right to Life hailed passage of Senate Bill 206 (Sonya’s Law) in the State Senate.

“Wisconsin Right to Life is deeply appreciative to Senator Mary Lazich for her tremendous leadership on this issue and to the members of the State Senate who voted for this important legislation,” said Susan Armacost, Legislative Director for Wisconsin Right to Life.
continue at LifeNews

I'm not sure if this will be enforced since Wisconsin abortion facilities are not subject to health inspections anyway, unless someone goes under cover.

It is not mandatory, via WRTL:
Will Sonya’s Law force women to have a specific type of ultrasound?

No. It is up to the woman to choose the type of ultrasound she prefers, after all options are explained to her. The actual language in the law states:

“…perform an obstetric ultrasound on the pregnant woman, using whichever transducer the woman chooses after the options have been explained to her.” 
Or maybe I'm not understanding what the "options" are. 


  1. Matt, the types of ultrasound include the one that most might be familiar with--where they put the jelly on the mother's abdomen and then drive the device over her uterus.

    The other type is a transvaginal ultrasound.

    The distinction here is important because the abortion lobby was insisting that the law requires the more invasive transvaginal ultrasound and likened it to rape.

  2. The headline is a little off. The receipt of the ultrasound is not optional, but the type of ultrasound is. Exempted are medical emergency or the case of sexual assault.

    Further, the ultrasound tech is required to point out organs and body parts and whatnot, but the mother can opt out of hearing it. Whatever that means.

    Finally, DHS is required to compile a list of places where ultrasounds are provided free of cost. Women's Care Center's Development team just got busier.

    1. Thanks Tom, yes I misunderstood the mandatory here, I'll post as soon as I get a few minutes with the latest.


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