Here’s an idea for the anti-abortion folks: Instead of trying to scare and intimidate women and girls into not having abortions, why not support and encourage them to have their babies. It’s called positive reinforcement — using reward to encourage a desired behavior instead of punishment to discourage unwanted behavior. Psychologists say it’s the best way to achieve desired behaviors. If abortion foes truly care about those babies, they’ll do what’s best for the babies — work to ensure the well-being of the mothers, both physically and emotionally. Promises of pre-natal care, help with expenses, rides to the doctor’s office, a friend at delivery, and help with the newborn or with an adoption, would be more convincing than screaming demonstrators and threats of sermons, ultrasounds, and invasive probes with transvaginal wands. Unless, of course, the goal really is just to bully, intimidate, and punish pregnant women.
- Wave of Ultrasound Bills About Humiliating Abortion Seekers (alternet.org)
- Pennsylvania next in line to require transvaginal U/S prior to abortion (scienceblogs.com)
- Rick Santorum opposes insurance-paid screenings for birth defects, saying they’ll lead to abortions (pennlive.com)
- Alabama Senator Rewriting Abortion Law To Allow Women To Choose Ultrasound Method (alan.com)
- Trans-Vaginal ultrasounds required to get abortions – wait, that’s like rape (losthighwaytimes.com)
- Common prenatal tests become campaign issue (seattletimes.nwsource.com)