An alarming bill requiring an ultrasound 24-72 hours before an abortion can be performed has been introduced in the Tennessee Legislature and is being cosponsored by three local state representatives, Jon Lundberg, Matthew Hill and Tony Shipley. Planned Parenthood has described this legislation as an effort to shame women and is a governmental intrusion into women’s lives.
What’s next — legislation to declare that a fertilized egg is a full human being? Many politicians today are too young to remember the days of back-alley abortions and coat hangers. We older citizens do remember those dark days of our past.
Many of us are Christians who are both pro-life and pro-choice — depending on the circumstances of each woman — and we strongly reject the narrow position of the Roman Catholic Church and fundamental protestant Christians who are intent on imposing their religious convictions on everybody else. A person can support abortion without endorsing abortion as a birth control method.
Many women who face an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy are poor and less educated, so who is going to pay for these ultrasounds — the man who impregnated the woman? How can our politicians legislate exactly when an ultrasound has to be performed, and doesn’t a doctor have to schedule these?
Our legislators on both the state and federal levels need to get out of our bedrooms and our sex lives.
Also, where are the sensible, conservative voices of the Republican Party of past years — people like Sen. Everett Dirksen of Illinois and the very popular speaker/author William F. Buckley? The Republican Party today is a far cry from the party of Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and even Ronald Reagan.
Call or write your representative to stop this ultrasound bill, hopefully before it even gets to a committee vote.
CAROLYN B. BAILEY