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Mount St. Helens Getting an Ultrasound

Planned detonations should help scientists get a better handle on future eruptions

(Newser) - If you’re in the vicinity of Mount St. Helens tonight and feel a sudden rumble, don’t panic: It's just scientists detonating parts of the volcano for an ultrasound. Researchers from a conglomerate of universities spent the weekend placing 3,500 seismic sensors and will be setting off... More »

Oklahoma Abortion Law Struck Down

Strict ultrasound law unconstitutional: judge

(Newser) - An Oklahoma judge has struck down a state law requiring women seeking abortions to have ultrasounds. The district judge decided the law—which required doctors to put an image of the ultrasound in front of the woman and give her a detailed description of the fetus—was unconstitutional because it... More »

Virginia Senate Clears Scaled-Back Ultrasound Bill

Measure requires external procedure before abortion

(Newser) - Virginia moved a big step closer today toward a law that would require women to get an ultrasound before an abortion. The Virginia Senate passed the measure, with an exception for victims of rape or incest, reports the Richmond Times Dispatch . The ultrasound would be external, not the "transvaginal"... More »

Virginia Senate Puts Fetus 'Personhood' Bill on Ice

Surprise 24-14 vote follows Capitol protests

(Newser) - Virginia's state Senate made a surprise about-face yesterday: In a 24-14 vote, lawmakers effectively placed the so-called "personhood" bill, which declared that a person's rights begin from the moment sperm meets egg, on ice for the rest of 2012. Earlier that day, the Senate Education and Health... More »

Virginia Waters Down Abortion Ultrasound Bill

Mandatory invasive procedure axed as governor withdraws support

(Newser) - Republican lawmakers in Virginia are backing away from voters' vaginas. Amid a national uproar—and mockery from the likes of Jon Stewart —the state House has watered down a controversial pre-abortion ultrasound bill by allowing women to refuse an invasive transvaginal procedure that had been required in an earlier... More »

Virginia Backpedals as Abortion Debate Blows Up

Bob McDonnell waffles on signing; media piles on

(Newser) - Besieged by protests , national outcry among feminists, and even an SNL sketch , Virginia is quickly rethinking its pre-abortion ultrasound bill, with the House of Delegates yesterday again delaying a vote, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch . Gov. Bob McDonnell, who had initially promised to sign the measure if it reached his desk,... More »

Virginia House Delays Abortion Bill After Protest

Ultrasound would be required for women seeking abortion

(Newser) - The Virginia House of Delegates delayed a hotly contested anti-abortion bill today after hundreds of women protested silently outside, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. The bill—which was about to pass—would mandate an ultrasound for every woman planning an abortion and give her the choice of viewing the fetus. But... More »

Santorum Opposes Prenatal Tests

He rips insurance for amniocentesis, which 'creates abortions'

(Newser) - Amniocentesis for pregnant women? Forget it, says Rick Santorum. Such prenatal testing only results in more abortions, the candidate says. Santorum reiterated views he first expressed over the weekend in Ohio, where he ripped President Obama's support of insurance coverage of the test "because it ends up in... More »

Va. House Passes Bill That Could Outlaw Abortions

Passes 2nd bill related to 'transvaginal ultrasounds'

(Newser) - The Virginia House of Delegates passed two abortion-related bills yesterday, and the AP isn't mincing words in describing them, or the process, saying the GOP supermajority "muscled [through] two of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills in years." One requires women to have a "transvaginal ultrasound"—... More »

Virginia Senate Passes Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Bill

Democrat Janet Howell tried to add rectal rider to bill

(Newser) - Virginia's Senate has passed a law requiring women to have an ultrasound before they can obtain an abortion in the first of several anti-abortion measures that the state's Republicans—in control of both chambers and the governorship for only the second time since the Civil War—have in... More »

Contraceptive Sperm Zap in the Works

Sound waves in sensitive area cut sperm production

(Newser) - Researchers say they have found what could be a cheap, reliable, and long-lasting form of male birth control, although it involves zapping the testicles with ultrasound. A study on rats found that sound waves slowed sperm production to levels that would cause infertility in humans, making ultrasound a "promising... More »

Hide Babies' Sex to Stop Immigrant Abortions: Doc

Delay disclosure until 30 weeks to halt sex-selective abortions among immigrants

(Newser) - Immigrants from countries where sex-selective abortion is widespread are bringing the practice with them to North America, a prominent Canadian doctor warns. Rajendra Kale—pointing to skewed gender ratios among South Asian communities in Canada—says health care workers should withhold the fetus' gender until after 30 weeks of pregnancy,... More »

'Face' Spotted in Tumor

Docs find benign growth looking back at them

(Newser) - It's not often you hear about the lighter side of urology. Canadian researchers examining ultrasound pictures of a tumor in a patient's testicle were amazed to see what looked like a ghostly face staring back at them. "It was almost like art coming out of this patient’... More »

$4.5M Awarded to Parents of Child With One Limb

Ultrasounds failed to spot abnormalities

(Newser) - A couple won $4.5 million in a Florida court yesterday because doctors failed to notice that their baby would be born with no arms and one leg, the Palm Beach Post reports. The couple would have aborted the baby, they testified, if only ultrasounds had correctly spotted its missing... More »

Linguists Study Dying Languages—With Ultrasound

Technology helps them watch the moving tongue

(Newser) - It's not a tool generally associated with linguists, but ultrasound scans are proving to be invaluable to them, reports Scientific American . The same device that gives doctors a glimpse of a fetus is also pretty good at capturing images of the moving tongue. For linguists documenting rare languages in Africa,... More »

States Demand Ultrasounds to Curb Abortion

20 states encourage or mandate procedure

(Newser) - The latest weapon in the battle over abortion : Ultrasounds. Backed by anti-abortion groups who believe sonograms can stop women from aborting, 20 states have passed laws that require or encourage abortion providers to conduct the procedure, reports the New York Times . Ultrasounds are already mandatory in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi,... More »

Ultrasounds Before Abortions Aren't 'Sinister'

It's all about 'informed choice'

(Newser) - Kathleen Parker agrees with Bill Clinton that abortions should be "safe, legal, and rare." Toward the latter point, she comes down in favor of the recent spate of laws requiring women who are considering abortion to get an ultrasound and at least listen to a description of it.... More »

Strict Anti-Abortion Bills Become Law in Oklahoma

Senate overrides governor's vetoes

(Newser) - The Oklahoma Senate today overrode Gov. Brad Henry's vetoes and put into law two restrictive measures on abortion. One of the laws requires women to undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before getting an abortion. An anti-abortion group called it one of the most... More »

Now Oklahoma's Cracking Down on Abortion

State senate approves tough abortion restrictions

(Newser) - A bill that would require women to have an ultrasound scan less than an hour before having an abortion is among 5 tough new anti-abortion measures passed by Oklahoma's GOP-dominated Senate this week. The bill, which will hit the governor's desk later this week, also requires a doctor to describe... More »

Doc Who Aborted Wrong Fetus Loses License

Ob-gyn terminated healthy twin in first attempt at procedure

(Newser) - It sounds too awful to be true: A mom who had undergone in vitro fertilization learns that one of the twins she's carrying has congenital defects, and opts to abort it. Her doctor performs the procedure—but aborts the wrong fetus. So goes the case of Sarasota doctor Matthew Kachinas,... More »

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