Friday, January 10, 2014

Ultrasound viewing before an abortion: A new study finds that for a small percentage of women, sonograms change minds.

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The journal Obstetrics & Gynecology published an important study this month: the deepest inquiry yet into whether viewing ultrasound images can influence a woman’s decision to have an abortion. True, anti-choicers have lately shifted tactics from concern for the fetus to feigned concern for women’s health
But they’ve succeeded in getting mandatory ultrasound laws on the books in 10 states, and many continue to promote the idea that, when a woman glimpses her little bean during a sonogram, her maternal instinct awakens and prompts her to carry the pregnancy to term.
Where did this notion come from? In 1983, two doctors wrote an editorial noting that the grainy photos hastened fetal bonding for a pair of female patients who wantedto give birth. 
They speculated that the same bonding might happen even to women who didn’t want to give birth. Over three decades of conservative telephone (and a few dubious studies funded by abortion crisis centers), this wisp of conjecture permutated: By 2013, pundits like Rachel Campos-Duffy were claiming that more than 90 percent of women change their mind about abortion after viewing an ultrasound.
even states now mandate that women seeking abortion get an ultrasound first and require doctors offer the women a chance to see the images; three states require the doctors to show and describe the ultrasound. 
But despite the conservative push for these laws, smaller studies out of Texas, Canada, and South Africa imply that sonogram viewings do not impact women’s decisions to end or continue their pregnancies.
BUSTED! they don't research they just go with whatever crosses their minds regardless to how presumptuous or draconian they are they still arrogantly find one or two lemming willing to go out and repeat them in public, seems to me a thinking person would not agree to idiotize themselves with such ridiculous assaults on women, and their psyche reprehensible them.
This latest study is much larger. Researchers analyzed 15,575 medical records from an urban abortion care provider in Los Angeles. Each patient seeking an abortion was asked how she felt about her choice:
Those who made “clear and confident” replies were rated as having “high decision certainty,” while those who seemed sad, angry, or ambivalent were said to show “medium” or “low” decision certainty. (Only 7.4 percent of the women fell into the latter categories.)
Patients underwent ultrasounds as part of the standard procedure, and 42.5 percent of them opted to see the images. Of those, 98.4 percent terminated their pregnancies; 99 percent of the women who did not look at the photographs ended their pregnancies.
But here’s the thing: The women who viewed the sonograms and then backed out were all part of that 7.4 percent of women with low or medium decision certainty. Women who knew abortion was the right decision for them continued with the procedure whether they were shown the images or not.
note the test were done in urban area unreal and incomplete suggest they targeted cetain groups,  rich girls don't have abortions, i always questioned the republican position if it were their daughter or wife would they still put them thru the same paces as the "everyday woman" or do right wing women of station have those "special places" where they can break the law?  one thing they are doing by pushing these inhumane laws is hastening their sink into the minority status, those they try to control will grow up to control the right wing families, poetic justice or what?