We have an anti that holds an ‘Ask to see your Ultrasound’ sign outside the clinic. The clinic director passed us a note, wanting us to tell this anti that yes, many women do want to see the ultrasound, and we always let them if they want to. They still continue with the abortion after looking at the ultrasound
From another escort.
This is a common trope in anti-choice lore. If patients see the ultrasound, if patients see their babies, they will change their mind.
They site number like “More than 90% of women change their mind about abortion after the ultrasound.”
This latest study is much larger. Researchers analyzed 15,575 medical records from an urban abortion care provider in Los Angeles. Each patient seeking an abortion was asked how she felt about her choice: Those who made “clear and confident” replies were rated as having “high decision certainty,” while those who seemed sad, angry, or ambivalent were said to show “medium” or “low” decision certainty. (Only 7.4 percent of the women fell into the latter categories.) Patients underwent ultrasounds as part of the standard procedure, and 42.5 percent of them opted to see the images. Of those, 98.4 percent terminated their pregnancies; 99 percent of the women who did not look at the photographs ended their pregnancies. But here’s the thing: The women who viewed the sonograms and then backed out were all part of that 7.4 percent of women with low or medium decision certainty. Women who knew abortion was the right decision for them continued with the procedure whether they were shown the images or not.
“The main takeaway here is definitely that 98.4 percent of the women who saw their ultrasounds went on to get an abortion anyway.“
This doesn’t stop anti’s from saying it, but again, it is false.