Honestly, it doesn't really matter whether or not you think abortion is moral or whatever. The fact of the matter is that abortion is legal, and since it is legal all moral implications and culpability belong to the woman and no one else. After all, that's what it means to live in a society where we advocate people following their conscience, right? Just as well, people are free to violate their conscience provided they're not breaking the law.
So why are some lawmakers trying to influence people's decisions? The better question is, why are Republican law makers trying to influence how people live their lives? I thought being a conservative meant that you basically leave people alone to live their lives however they see fit, so long as living their life is within the bounds of the law. Apparently I was wrong.
How is it even close to being within the purview of the government to force a woman to have a particular procedure performed? Yes, I know that ultrasounds are super easy to do. It's not like they're forcing women to get the vaginal sonograms (woops, they tried to do that, too . . .), but seriously, what the heck?
I get why it's being done. Lawmakers who call themselves pro-life think that by making a mother listen to the heart beat she will be less likely to get the abortion. All this does is further the perception that many Republicans today are completely out of touch with reality. Let's just consider a couple of scenarios here.
Scenario 1 is the promiscuous mother who was too irresponsible to use birth control, and got knocked up by some random dude. She's already made the decision to abort the baby, because lets face it, she feels like she could not care for the child, she definitely doesn't want to have a 1 night stand be her baby daddy. The idea of abortion means nothing to her.
Scenario 2 is the woman who, for whatever reason, feels she has no other choice but to get an abortion, and it actually tears her up inside. Is it right to make her feel even more pain and agony just because you think that it's somehow your right to choose for her?
And for people who say "there's always an alternative," I'm sorry, but that's a really stupid thing to say. First of all, you're not the person, so you really don't know that person's circumstances--financial, emotional, logistical or whatever. And to think that life hands us situations where there's always a good option is pretty dumb.
If you are about freedom of choice, why would you advocate taking a choice away from a woman? If she doesn't want an ultrasound, then she shouldn't have to get an ultrasound. Period.