Indiana law on 6 p.m. ultrasound for abortions takes effect

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) – After an approximately three-year lawsuit between Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky Inc. (PPINK) and the Indiana State Department of Health, Hoosier State returned to his 6pm ultrasound law.

The law’s requirement came back into effect on January 1, 2021, the first time since 2017, when the law was blocked due to PPPink’s ongoing lawsuit against the state.

The Ultrasound Act is part of the Dignity of the Unborn Act, which requires abortion clinics to give mothers the opportunity to view a fetal ultrasound at least 18 hours before an abortion.

“This medically unnecessary law passed by the state is only intended to shame, stigmatize and restrict access to abortion, but fortunately we are able to maintain the same level of access to patient care and respect this medically unnecessary law, ”Nicole Erwin, Communications told the director of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.

The director of operations and media for Right to Life in northeast Indiana told Briana Brownlee of WANE 15 that she was happy the law is back because it is effective. Abigail Lorenzen said that with the law, mothers are given more information, instead of being left in the dark.

“A lot of post-abortion women have said in the past if they could have seen an ultrasound that would have made a difference,” Lorenzen said. “They see their records afterwards, see a picture of the ultrasound, and realize that this is a fully formed child in the womb at eight weeks.”

Lorenzen added that when women are trying to figure out what to do during a crisis pregnancy, seeing the child in the womb helps mothers identify with the child and believe the baby is worth having. to beat. When they later find out that the child is fully formed, most mothers feel guilty.

“The beauty of this ultrasound law is that it doesn’t impose anything on anyone,” Lorenzen said. “The 6 pm notification is part of his preoperative appointment. It gives the possibility to see the ultrasound. Doctors already have to do the ultrasound to make sure they know the age of the child, so during that they ask “would you like to see the ultrasound”? She has the option of saying “no” or “yes”.

The part of the 18 hour law is to prevent mothers from being forced to have an abortion. Lorenzen said that in the United States, between 64% and 68% of women are forced to have an abortion. The 18 hours are used to give the mother time to see her fetal ultrasound and make her own decision and get help if needed.

“In some cases, they’ve already paid for the abortion, they’re already in the room, and then the doctor kind of says ‘okay, that’s it, you wanna do it?’ Well, she’s already sitting on the table, now is not the time to make an informed consent decision.

In a press release in August 2020, Right to Life Northeast Indiana said from July to December 2016, when the ultrasound law was in effect, there were 496 fewer abortions in Indiana compared to the period of July to December 2017, when the ultrasound was blocked.

However, PPINK said the burden is heaviest on the most vulnerable community members.

“Pregnant people who are already struggling to survive this pandemic are now forced to go through mandatory waiting periods that require multiple trips to a health center, which exposes them and their health care providers to a greater great risk of exposure to COVID-19, ”Erwin said.

The Unborn Child Dignity Act was signed by former Indiana Governor and current Vice President Mike Pence in 2016, which led to PPink suing the state. In August 2020, PPINK dropped its lawsuit against the state.

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