The Women’s Right to Know Act (HB 1077), introduced in the Pennsylvania House, would give women the right to view an ultrasound of their babies. Women in Pennsylvania are not currently given this right, even though abortion clinics do perform ultrasounds to determine the age of the child.
In 2012, ultrasounds are a common sense and even expected part of many medical evaluations and procedures. Without this bill, a double standard will remain whereby women in this time of need are not given complete information. Women should have the right to view their full medical records, and the technology exists and is already present in abortion clinics. The Women’s Right to Know Act addresses this disparity.
Past abortion laws probably would have included ultrasound access, but the technology didn’t exist as it does today – The Women’s Right to Know Act updates the law to reflect technology advances.
Ultimately, no matter one’s position on abortion, we can all agree that it is a serious issue that a woman cannot take back or undo. We have an obligation to give these women, in their moment of need, all of the information necessary to make the right decision so that she does not look back and say, “If I had only known…”