The governor of Connecticut recently signed a ban on "keepsake ultrasounds" (the kind that are performed "for fun" at a store in the mall, for example). The bill "bars anyone from performing ultrasounds on pregnant women unless a doctor orders them for medical or diagnostic purposes."
See: Conn. governor signs keepsake ultrasound ban
I have very mixed feelings about this ban. While I agree that unnecessary ultrasounds should not be performed, legal "bans" make me uneasy--for example, what if a governor decides "banning homebirth" is a good idea or "banning midwifery." When things like this happen, I start to worry about a slippery slope of governmental interference with parental health care decision-making.
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