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Abortion opponent will have ultrasound done on pregnant woman during committee meeting

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Topeka — An ultrasound will be performed on a pregnant woman before a Senate committee today, the chairwoman of the committee said.

The procedure will be performed in the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee as hundreds of anti-abortion advocates gather at the Statehouse to coincide with the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

Public Health and Welfare Chairwoman State Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, R-Shawnee, is an ardent opponent of abortion.

She said the ultrasound needed to be done for the committee for education purposes. "Because we often consider the life and health of the unborn child in the Senate health committee, it is important that committee members are educated as to the science of the life within the womb," Pilcher-Cook said.

Those opposed to abortion often push for laws that require women who want an abortion to have an ultrasound and have abortion providers place the ultrasound image next to a pregnant woman so she can view it and listen to the heartbeat.

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Leslie Swearingen 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Nope, I am not buying that about teen moms because I personally know a teen mom that delivered a healthy baby,(8 lbs) that baby now has a doctorate from a good university and the mother has always worked and held down a job.

This teen mom only had the one child and her child has not had one. So much for all this myths about this subject.

In case you are speculating, I am not talking about myself, I was 28 when I gave birth. I just want to discount the common belief and say that you can't believe everything you read in a text book.

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Thomas Bryce 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Only an Ultrasound? With all of the interest in Women's Health and Reproductive Abilities our Legislature has shown, why not a Mammogram and/or PAP smear as well? Might be educational. Sounds like a lot of them missed Health Class.

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Ray Parker 2 months, 3 weeks ago

The abortion industry is terrified that people will find out that the babies being profitably mangled, dismembered, poisoned, and beheaded are human, and that they will be unable to live with their own depravity.

Bloody hands

Bloody hands by parkay

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Larry Sturm 2 months, 3 weeks ago

They should also have to see an ultrasound on a malformed baby that wouldn't survive outside of the womb.

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Leslie Swearingen 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Well, Greg, I am one of those "dried up women", if by that you mean post-menupause. I am nonplaused by the depth of anger in those who are pro-abortion. I can understand why if you want to teminate your pregnancy you might not want to know precisely what it is that you are terminating. That way you will be able to sleep better at night.

I am not being mean when I write this, after all if your child had been killed in a horrific car accident I don't think you would want to see the body and remember them like that. There are horrific birth defects that would make an abortion justified and most will mercifully never know just what can go wrong in the nine months of pregnancy.

I do believe that whenever possible the girl/woman should have the baby and then adopt it to a loving family. Teens are nolt children and should not be seen as such. They are young adults.

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Greg Cooper 2 months, 3 weeks ago

As a follow-up on the demonstration, NO disabled children born to helpless moms or children who are victims of incest or any of a number of things not their fault but foisted on them by a right-wing, ultra knee-jerk bunch of old men and dried up women will be paraded before the committee to let them know where their million dollars spent on attorneys fighting for stupid abortion restrictions could have been spent.

This is pointless and ridiculous and bears nio relationship to governance. Shame on whoever brought this idea to fruition and those who watched for standing still for it.

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Rick Masters 2 months, 3 weeks ago

After that, a busload of public school kids will come in and attempt a Spelling Bee.

It's Showtime at the Capitol!

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Phoebe Zimmermann 2 months, 3 weeks ago

The best way to reconcile this issue is by male example: As the majority of those calling for this procedure to be put into law are male, it is essential that a male show the more delicate sex how straightforward, uncomplicated and effortless such a procedure is. A simple, noninvasive prostate exam should be performed before the committee, and any naysayers, to demonstrate the composure and dignity with which the procedure can be performed, especially when it is forcibly done by law against the will of the participant. http://menshealth.about.com/od/prostatehealth/a/prostate_poll.htm

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Melinda Henderson 2 months, 3 weeks ago

When our elected representatives play politics with people’s lives, yet claim to follow Jesus, it’s time for them to get kicked out of their “temples.”

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Cille King 2 months, 3 weeks ago

"Because we often consider the life and health of the unborn child in the Senate health committee, it is important that committee members are educated as to the science of the life within the womb," Pilcher-Cook said.

Please don't stop with just an ultrasound. Committee members should also be instructed on:

Environmental pollutants effect on fetus development,- air, water, chemicals in food,

Importance of good nutrition on fetus development -and the difficulties low income women have,

Genetic defects and their causes,

Miscarriages and possible causes,

Maternal difficulties in abusive relationships,

Problems in health and development for mother and baby when mother is still a child,

Financial impacts of a pregnancy and baby for the uninsured and low income mother,

Rape and incest.

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Cait McKnelly 2 months, 3 weeks ago

This is disgusting. How about they see a colonoscopy while they're at it? Or maybe a prostate resection, since they're all males in the age range to make it relevant?

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Steve Bunch 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Since we're educating the committee members, perhaps the committee should also see a demonstration of how the baby gets into the womb and how to avoid accidentally putting a baby in there.

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