Republican Senator Introduces Pro-Life Measure

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:06 PM EDT

( - Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), now running for president on his pro-life agenda, has introduced a bill that would require doctors to perform an ultrasound, then show it to a pregnant woman, before performing an abortion.

"We can reduce the number of abortions and help people reflect on the humanity of the unborn child by providing more information to women," said Brownback.

According to a posting on his website, the bill, officially known as the Ultrasound Informed Consent Act, places the requirements on the doctor, not the woman. A doctor would be required to share the ultrasound results with the woman but the woman would not be required to view the images.

Brownback said several states, including South Carolina and Texas, are debating similar bills.

Co-sponsors of Brownback's bill include Senate Republicans Norm Coleman (Minn.), Jim Inhofe (Okla.), Mel Martinez (Fla.), John Thune (S.D.) and David Vitter (La.).

The Family Research Council, which supports the bill, said many women -- "when confronted with the palpable personhood of their babies" -- reconsider their decision to abort.

Pro-life advocates say although the bill doesn't address abortion directly, it is an effective way to reduce the number of abortions.

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