Experts agree that there’s usually no medical reason for an ultrasound in the first trimester of a pregnancy. Rather, such a requirement is a naked psychological ploy to assault the mother with feelings of guilt and play on her emotions to stop her from going not go through [sic] the procedure.

Even though abortion is legal within limits, this extra requirement would be both medieval and insulting. Not to mention sexist. Men, especially the father of the fetus, don’t have to go through the extra hurdle of having their choice of whether they decided to view the ultrasound stuck in a file somewhere.

~ Peter Galuszka, Washington Post, January 30

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