Forced ultrasounds

  1. 0
    Has anyone been following this? Virginia just passed a law that requires any woman who wishes an abortion must have an ultrasound (and pay for it) prior to the abortion. Since most of these are done prior to 12 weeks that means the ultrasound will most likely be vaginal. Does any one else have a problem with this? I know that the abortion would also be vaginal but this is an unnecessary procedure. What is the medical purpose here? Obviously none. Here's a few links covering the story. I was disappointed I couldn't find any public comments from nursing organizations.

  2. 78 Comments so far...

  3. 6
    The medical reason for doing the ultrasound prior to abortion is to accurately determine gestational age, if an abortion is done in the second trimester rather than the first trimester, there is a higher risk of maternal morbidity.
    Saiderap, amygarside, typoagain, and 3 others like this.
  4. 4
    The hope is the mother will change her mind when she sees her baby on the ultrasound which new technology can give very lifelike images of the unborn. It's better to choose life then to live with the regrets of abortion. How many women suffer in silence in this day and age. It is very sad. Doctors take the hippocratic oath, first do no harm so a true doctor would abhor abortion and euthanasia.
    Saiderap, amygarside, Purple_Scrubs, and 1 other like this.
  5. 0
    Quote from dishes
    The medical reason for doing the ultrasound prior to abortion is to accurately determine gestational age, if an abortion is done in the second trimester rather than the first trimester, there is a higher risk of maternal morbidity.
    Thanks, didn't know that.
  6. 15
    Quote from brandy1017
    The hope is the mother will change her mind when she sees her baby on the ultrasound which new technology can give very lifelike images of the unborn. It's better to choose life then to live with the regrets of abortion. How many women suffer in silence in this day and age. It is very sad. Doctors take the hippocratic oath, first do no harm so a true doctor would abhor abortion and euthanasia.
    You have a good point about abortion but that is not the point I was trying to make. The real hope is to create barriers that make it more difficult for women to get an abortion, which is a legal procedure, regardless of differing opinions. No matter how you feel, I believe women have the right to make a choice in their own way.
    amygarside, noahsmama, diva rn, and 12 others like this.
  7. 2
    I don't know where you get your information from brandy, but it is not based on medical literature. The ultrasound is ordered by the doctor who does the abortion and it is a basic ultrasound not a 3D ultrasound.
    sharpeimom and lpnflorida like this.
  8. 12
    If there was any medical reason for it, I'd expect a mandate to be given by something like the medical community? Since when do politicians mandate medical procedures?

    Obviously it is creating a barrier for women, especially those that can barely afford an abortion, it is another cost added onto it.
  9. 5
    I have had an abortion, for reference. Ultrasounds are always given prior to an abortion, it is the method used to determine gestation and visualize the pregnancy to ensure it is not ectopic or abnormal.(molar pregnancy)

    What was NOT done was a "play by play", so to speak. I was not told how many BPM the heart was beating, or other info in which a woman with a wanted pregnancy would wish to know.

    Ultrasounds are done, they just want a "play by play" done as well.
    sharpeimom, Altra, Bella'sMyBaby, and 2 others like this.
  10. 16
    This law, and all others like it, are idiotic.

    Providers and their patients are perfectly capable of ordering appropriate tests.
    NoonieRN, Nrsasrus, everwonder_y, and 13 others like this.
  11. 13
    Quote from brandy1017
    Doctors take the hippocratic oath, first do no harm so a true doctor would abhor abortion
    I know this isn't the discussion at hand, but your statement above is simply false.
    tila.12, diva rn, KelRN215, and 10 others like this.


Nursing Jobs in every specialty and state. Visit today and Create Job Alerts, Manage Your Resume, and Apply for Jobs.

A Big Thank You To Our Sponsors
Top