Friday, February 25, 2011

Informed Decisions Save Lives

        On February 2, 2005 an article entitled "Church Groups Turn to Sonogram to Turn Women From Abortions" appeared in The New York Times. It was written by Neela Banerjee, and highlighted the effectiveness of ultrasound machines in changing the minds of women seeking an abortion. Below is an excerpt of the article.
Sixteen months ago, Andrea Brown, 24 years old and unmarried, was desperate for an abortion, fearing the disappointment of her parents and the humiliation she might face. 
While frantically searching the telephone book one day, she came across the Bowie Crofton Pregnancy Center and Medical Clinic, a church-financed organization that provides counseling and education about sexual abstinence. The receptionist told Ms. Brown that the clinic did not perform abortions or make referrals but that she could come in for an ultrasound to make sure her six-and-a-half-week pregnancy was viable. When she did, everything changed.
"When I had the sonogram and heard the heartbeat -- and for me a heartbeat symbolizes life -- after that there was no way I could do it," Ms. Brown said recently as she revisited the clinic and watched her daughter, Elora, now 9 months old, play at her feet.
        Here was a woman who wanted an abortion. Yet an ultrasound changed her mind and saved a life. The article says that a survey found "that those using counseling alone reported persuading 70 percent of women considering abortion to abandon the idea. In centers with ultrasound machines, that number jumped to 90 percent."

        It is no surprise that pro-abortion forces oppose legislation that would require a woman considering abortion to have an ultrasound. They know that the more informed the woman is in making her decision, the less likely she is to choose abortion. They want the woman to make a quick decision without all the facts. Truly, informed decisions save lives!

Copyright 2011

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