The In The Know panelists say more states should make decorating a nursery and choosing a baby name required steps in obtaining access to an abortion.
Like many Onion spoofs, there is actually a bizarre subtext of reality here. Over the past decade, several U.S. states have moved to make ultrasound part of abortion service provision. Some laws and policies require that a woman seeking an abortion receive information on accessing ultrasound services, while others require that a woman undergo an ultrasound before an abortion.
As noted by the rather unfortunately-named Guttmacher Institute, “Since routine ultrasound is not considered medically necessary as a component of first-trimester abortion, the requirements appear to be a veiled attempt to personify the fetus and dissuade a woman from obtaining an abortion.”