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  Bachmann bill would require mothers to have ultrasounds before abortion
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Last EditedBrandon  Oct 07, 2011 12:27pm
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AuthorPete Kasperowicz
News DateFriday, October 7, 2011 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionPresidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on Thursday proposed legislation that would require mothers to have ultrasounds performed and be shown pictures of their unborn child before an abortion could be conducted.

Bachmann said her bill, the Heartbeat Informed Consent Act, is based on the notion that mothers who are undecided about having an abortion, but who then view pictures of their unborn children, are far less likely to go through with the procedure.

"A study by Focus on the Family found that when women who were undecided about having an abortion were shown an ultrasound image of the baby, 78 percent chose life," Bachmann said. "My legislation will not only enable this technology to be better used to protect life, but also to ensure that a woman who is considering abortion is finally able to give full and informed consent."
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