Changes may be coming to Louisiana abortion clinics
POSTED: Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 20, 2012 - 6:37pm
BATON ROUGE,LA (NBC33) — Senator Sharon Weston Broome authored a bill that requires a woman to receive an ultrasound two hours before having an abortion two years ago. Now she's going one step further with Senate Bill 708. You now have to get it twnety-four hours ahead of time.
"This piece of legislation gives the woman an opportunity to wait twenty-four hours prior to having the procedure and the opportunity to look at an ultrasound," says Broome.
Julie Mickelberry works for Planned Parenthood. She doesn't understand why this requirement is even in the bill.
"Current law already requires the physician to provide an ultrasound prior to an abortion. It also requires women to have the opportunity to view an ultrasound and receive information about the ultrasound," says Mickelberry.
The controversial part of Broom's bill requires a doctor to also play the unborn child's heartbeat for the mother before the abortion. Broome believes this gives expectant mothers everything they need to make an educated decision.
"This piece of legislation is about empowering women with information. I believe every woman, when they are making a critical health decision, should have the opportunity to have as much information as possible," states Broome.
Mickelberry believes women have all the information they need before walking into an abortion clinic. She thinks decisions concerning abortions should be made by a woman and her doctor, not the government.
"We don't think there should be a one size fits all to medical care. Every woman is different. Every situation is different and physicians should be able to determine what informatoin is appropriate and how to provide the best care possible for the women," says Mickelberry.