According to anti abortion spin masters, it is the abortion clinic and the abortion doctor, not the woman, who “murder”. But, actual laws make the woman, not the clinic or the doctor, “guilty”.
It is the woman who must undergo the persecution not unlike that of The Scarlet Letter written by Nathanial Hawthorn in 1850. He was writing a story about the 1600’s. In his story a young mother is forced to wear the letter “A” as a shameful adulteress.
There are two ways to punish a woman for becoming pregnant. Option One is to outlaw abortion. Women will learn by suffering through the pregnancy, anti abortion theory tells us, not to engage in sex.
Anti abortion politicians have chosen Option Two. This is to pass laws requiring the woman to be humiliated for having an abortion. One of these is the ultra sound image.
There are state laws requiring the woman to look at an ultra sound image of her fetus. Some laws require watching the woman’s eyes to make certain she is not diverting her gaze elsewhere. Like The Scarlet Letter, it is about humiliation, sin and guilt.
All this, of course, happens after women walk by anti abortion protesters. A practice in the past was to photograph women coming into a clinic and show it to her neighbors. This was a variation on wearing an “A”.
Interestingly, the ultra sound almost never changes women’s minds. It is a political game that feeds the egos of mean and nasty people.