The West Australian May 26, 2010
Liberal MP Peter Abetz last night called for all women seeking an abortion to be forced to view a 3-D colour ultrasound image of their foetus before being allowed to go ahead with the procedure. Addressing a 300-strong rally at Parliament House marking the anniversary of the 1998 liberalisation of WA’s abortion laws, Mr Abetz said the Act should be changed to also enforce a 48-hour “cooling off period” after the ultrasound viewing.
..Mr Abetz told ABC radio this morning there had been far too many abortions since legislation was introduced in 1998 but denied he thought abortion was “wrong”, saying women were entitled to “know the facts”. “I’m not saying there should be no abortion … I’m saying women are entitled to know what’s happening, otherwise it’s not a genuine choice,” the Southern River MP told ABC radio this morning. “When a woman has a child in her womb, a lot of women are unaware on the huge impact it has on their lives afterwards.”