In the House today, HB 1042, patroned by Delegate Kathy Byron (R-22, Lynchburg), which would require a woman seeking an abortion to see an ultrasound of her baby, was reported from the House Courts of Justice Civil Sub-committee to the full committee on a 7-3 vote, with only the predictably liberal pro-abortion members voting no. Delegate Byron calmly refuted claims by Planned Parenthood and NARAL and their chief legislative ally on the sub-committee, Delegate Jennifer McClellan (D-71, Richmond). Interestingly, Planned Parenthood and NARAL claimed ultrasounds would cost several hundred dollars, much more than the $400 they claimed abortions cost. In fact, ultrasounds can cost as little as $30 and are free at crisis pregnancy centers. As Delegate Byron said, if "pro-choice" advocates truly want "choice" then why not get a good look at the "choice" and make "a real choice, an informed choice"?

Delegate Kathy Byron asks what's wrong with making a real choice, an informed choice?