31/05/2010 08:55 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

American Women To Be Shown Ultrasound Before Being Allowed An Abortion

The American state of Oklahoma has passed a new law which says women wanting an abortion must be shown ultrasound pictures of their babies before they're allowed to go ahead.

The bizarre law also states that if the woman looks away from the ultrasound screen, a doctor must describe the embryo or foetus to her in detail one hour before the planned termination, it has been reported.

The Daily Mail says the new legislation was imposed last week in Oklahoma. It does exempt women who need an abortion for medical reasons.

However victims of rape or incest still have to be subjected to the ordeal.

The law was suspended in Oklahoma six days after it was passed, as there is a legal challenge by abortion providers.

Some anti-abortion campaigners say the law will help women make a more informed decision.

Carrie Gordon Earl, from Focus in the Family, told the Daily Mail: "To be able to put a face on that baby humanises this process and really allows the mother to connect."
However Linda Meek, the director of an abortion clinic in Tulsa said the law was "intrusive and cruel".

She said that during the days when the law was enforced, all her patients at the clinic refused to look at the screen.

She said many of them became upset but none of them changed their minds about the termination.

The Mail reports that a number of other US states have laws meaning abortion doctors have to carry out an ultrasound, but women are not forced to look at it.

What do you think of this law? Should it be stopped?

Source: Daily Mail