Thursday, February 22, 2007

Sue Ella Deadwyler's WMVV Radio Commentary, 2/5/07

When abortion was legalized January 22, 1973, two Supreme Court decisions did the dirty deed. Roe v. Wade legalized abortion through the sixth month of pregnancy. Then on the same day in 1973, the Doe v. Bolton decision legalized abortion through the ninth month. Sandra Cano was the Doe in that case, but she never wanted an abortion and never had an abortion. She, simply, wanted a divorce from her husband who was in and out of prison for molesting children. Margie Pitts Hames, now deceased but then an Atlanta attorney, lied about Sandra's case and got abortion legalized through the ninth month.
When all that happened in 1973, people could get away with claiming the pregnant woman was not carrying a baby, but a "blob of tissue". That's no longer the case. In the mid-'80's DNA proved that three-day-old embryos with four or eight cells were living beings conceived when sperm fertilized a human egg. A single cell could be extracted, analyzed and, when a special enzyme was applied, it reproduced millions of copies of the same molecule in just 24 hours. As early as 1990, scientists could determine whether those tiny embryos were male or female.
Ultrasounds or sonograms are now used extensively in medical facilities to provide added confirmation of pregnancy, along with the condition and sex of the unborn child. That technology has, also, become a deterrent to abortion. The old ultrasound showed couples their unborn babies in two-dimensional black and white moving pictures, but that's old stuff. Now there's General Electric's new four-dimensional ultrasound system showing babies in living color, up close, as they move around, suck their thumbs, hiccup, kick, open their eyes and develop in the womb. There's no doubt. Technology has proven it is a human being. It is a developing baby. It is a boy or girl. It is a son or a daughter from the moment of conception.
Last year a bill was introduced to require ultra-sound or sonogram equipment in all facilities where abortions are performed. No patient would be forced to the view images of her unborn child, but those images would be available as part of her informed consent before she has an abortion. Last year's bill did not pass, but Representative James Mills has already introduced H.B. 147 this session and another ultrasound bill is being introduced in the Senate.
The ultrasound or sonogram would, not only disclose the dimensions of the unborn baby, its sex and internal organs, the sound of the baby's heart beat would be heard at the same time. The expectant mother would be given a list of health care providers, facilities and clinics offering ultrasounds free of charge. H.B. 147 requires doctors to give prospective abortion patients the option to have an ultrasound to better inform her about the baby.
Even after viewing an ultrasound, women could choose to abort or keep their babies. H.B. 147 is in Representative Ralston's Non-Civil Judiciary Committee. Call him at 404-656-5943 and ask him to pass this out of committee. If one picture really is worth a thousand words, this bill should save a whole lot of babies.

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