FDA: “Don’t nuke that bun in the oven”

On Saturday, the AP reported that the FDA had issued a warning against nonmedical “keepsake” sonograms performed to give expecting parents an early look at junior without a visit to the doctor. After last year’s report of 3D sonograms catching pictures of unborn babies smiling from the womb, entrepreneurs have been opening sonogram centers to answer the demand from pregnant couples.
The FDA is worried that these nonmedical sonograms are being performed with too much energy for too long a time, putting unborn children at risk for birth defects. Sounds reasonable. I’m just wondering what the implications of a shutdown order would be.
The abortion industry hates the drain on their profits that results when pregnant moms see that they’re carrying recognizable little people inside, not just a “nonviable tissue mass” or “product of conception.” Naomi Wolf, in her article “Pro-Choice and Pro-Life” (New York Times, Op-Ed., April 3, 1997), saw things clearly when she said:

When someone holds up a model of a six-month-old fetus and a pair of surgical scissors, we say “choice” and we lose.

She also wrote in a different essay:

The pro-choice movement often treats with contempt the pro-lifers’ practice of holding up to our faces their disturbing graphics … [But] how can we charge that it is vile and repulsive for pro-lifers to brandish vile and repulsive images if the images are real? To insist that the truth is in poor taste is the very height of hypocrisy. Besides, if these images are often the facts of the matter, and if we then claim that it is offensive for pro-choice women to be confronted with them, then we are making the judgment that women are too inherently weak to face a truth about which they have to make a decision. This view is unworthy of feminism.

The truth really is on our side. However, if these 3D sonograms become harder to obtain, the pro-life movement will have lost a great way to show our visually oriented culture that the unborn are people. I hope the commercial sonogram shops dial back the power and exposure enough to protect the unborn while still making a profit, so that more people finally see the truth.

UPDATE 4/3/04: FDA Targets Ultrasound Photo Shops, Pro-Life Groups Concerned

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