Ultrasound is standard medical care

By Rhonda Phillips

Rhonda Phillips

Ultrasound laws are currently in effect in 22 states, with five of those states requiring exactly what Iowa is considering. Why? Because, simply put, ultrasound laws save lives.

Performing an ultrasound before an abortion should be a commonsense standard of care for abortion providers. Ultrasound assists an abortion provider in determining gestational age. The farther along in pregnancy a woman is, or the possibility that the pregnancy is ectopic, the greater the risk that abortion poses.

Ultrasound is standard medical care. Most Planned Parenthood clinics perform an ultrasound before an abortion, including vaginal.  Yet, scare tactics employed by the abortion lobby and Planned Parenthood, and fueled by the media, are being used to deceive the public, in particular women, claiming ultrasounds are “invasive”.

The facts are: viewing an image of her child before an abortion sways 90% of woman to reject abortion, which begs the question:  Why, if Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers sincerely care about the health of women wouldn’t they be encouraging our legislators to pass this life-saving legislation instead of fighting tooth and nail to block it?

[Thanks to Rhonda Phillips for her contribution to Quiner’s Diner. Mrs. Phillips runs the Pro Life Book Sale in Des Moines.]


  1. maxine Bechtel on February 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Rhonda, what a doll you Are! Great letter and gorgeous picture! keep on keeping on! 1 Cor. 15:58 (You too, Tom)

  2. Embattled Farmers on February 25, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    This article is false and misleading. Ultrasounds are sometimes done at Planned Parenthood, if a doctor feels it is necessary, and the patient consents. It is not routine, and it is always a medical, not a political, decision.

    And that’s the point. Ultrasounds should be performed on a case-by-case basis for medical reasons, they should not be mandated by government at any level for all patients.

    If I’m trying to determine if I need a medical procedure, I ask my doctor, not my state legislature representative.

    These ultrasound requirements are being imposed only for ideological and religious reasons. It is shameful. I won’t be the only woman to leave the GOP because of them.

    • quinersdiner on February 25, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      It is not shameful if it is saving a human life, and it is.

      • Embattled Farmers on February 25, 2012 at 3:20 pm

        We have a fundamental disagreement about what it is a life and what is a potential life. I respect your view.
        I live my life as best I can according to the tenets of my Church, but I don’t want to force everyone to follow those tenets. I don’t believe that women seeking abortions should be forced to endure unnecessary procedures for political reasons. I don’t believe they should be harassed or humiliated. I believe they’re suffering enough. No one wants to have an abortion.

  3. momofsix on February 26, 2012 at 7:10 am

    People are against ultrasound laws because seeing an unborn child on an ultrasound picture completely removes any doubt that there is a living human being in the mother’s womb. The truth is hard to rationalize away.

  4. Lisa Bourne on February 29, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Thank you for the post Rhonda and Tom. Funny how anyone sees an issue with providing a view of the truth inside the womb.