It seems that Virginia started a trend among anti-choice politicians. The Virginia Bill was signed into law today and already more states are cooking up their own versions. Alabama, Texas, South Carolina and Illinois either have already passed laws or are deliberating on laws to force mandatory ultrasounds on women seeking abortions. Its not surprising to me that anti-choice groups are pushing unnecessary and costly procedures onto women seeking abortions. What is surprising is that these laws are being passed despite overwhelming protest from the states' constituents. A survey of Illinois voters showed that only 33% of voters supported the bill.
Zach Wichmann of the Catholic Conference defends the bill, stating that it is merely ensuring informed since an ultrasound are a necessary part of an abortion. I may be wrong here, but it seems if it were necessary it would be standard procedure, making any law requiring it redundant. Not to mention the fact that the law dictates that a woman must wait 24 hours after the ultrasound to have her abortion, putting an extra burden on women who had to travel from a rural area or another state to find a clinic. I can see no need for this bill unless your goal is to manipulate women and restrict their options.