Wisconsin: Abortion Facilities Required to Show Ultrasounds

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

MADISON, Wis. -- Abortion facilities are being advised to implement a rule that requires them to offer a pregnant mother the chance to hear and see her unborn baby.

The requirement is contained in a 93-page ruling issued by a federal appeals court in Chicago last week. The court upheld a Wisconsin law that requires women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion.

Assistant Attorney General Bruce Olsen said he would advise abortion facilities to implement the heartbeat rule.

It gives women the opportunity to view an ultrasound image of their unborn baby and hear the heartbeat before they have an abortion.

Supposedly, Planned Parenthood routinely agreed to have a woman see an ultrasound or hear the heartbeat when she requested it, according to legislative director Amalia Vagts. The only difference now, Vagts said, is that women will be told directly that they have the option.

State pro-life leaders hope women will change their minds about going ahead with the abortion because of the ' heartbeat rule' and the 24-hour waiting period.

Milwaukee County District Attorney E. Michael McCann, who appealed U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb' s decision against the heartbeat provision, said he is pleased the appeals court reinstated the rule.

McCann said it is "sound medicine" for a woman to know everything she can before going ahead with an abortion.

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