Yael T. Abouhalkah

Cheap anti-abortion stunt: sonograms in Kansas Capitol

Updated: 2014-01-22T23:53:47Z

By Yael T. Abouhalkah

The Kansas City Star

Yes, this really happened Wednesday in the great state of Kansas:

On the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, state legislators and others watched sonograms performed on two pregnant women.

The event quickly became the source of regional and national ridicule, for good reasons, especially from women tired of lawmakers thinking they know what’s best when it comes to the very personal and private decision of whether to have a baby.

(Check out this afternoon’s story and Twitter feed from Wichita Eagle reporter Bryan Lowry for full details. Twitter@BryanLowry3)

State Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook, a Shawnee Republican and chairwoman of the Public Health and Welfare Commitee, endorsed the sonograms.

According to the Lawrence Journal-World:

“She said the ultrasound needed to be done for the committee for education purposes. ‘Because we often consider the life and health of the unborn child in the Senate health committee, it is important that committee members are educated as to the science of the life within the womb,’ Pilcher-Cook said.”

In reality, this was nothing more than a cheap publicity stunt for the anti-abortion side of this debate.

There’s obviously room for disagreement over how to handle such an emotional issue.

But performing a sonogram in the Capitol went over the line.

To reach Yael T. Abouhalkah, call 816-234-4887 or send email to abouhalkah@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/YaelTAbouhalkah.

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