BREAKING: In Texas, No Abortion Without A Sonogram First

In a blatantly misogynistic move, Governor Rick Perry on Thursday, May 19, signed into law a bill that requires women seeking abortions to get sonograms first.

As of September 1, any woman in Texas who is seeking an abortion will first have to view a picture of the embryo or fetus and listen to a description of the image, explaining the size of the embryo or fetus and the presence of organs and limbs.

Before Any Abortion: A Mandatory Sonogram And Detailed Description

From CNN:

The law says that at least 24 hours before an abortion is performed, women must undergo a sonogram, a procedure that uses ultrasound to create an image.

The doctor, then, is required to give, “in a manner understandable to a layperson, a verbal explanation of the results of the sonogram images, including a medical description of the dimensions of the embryo or fetus, the presence of cardiac activity, and the presence of external members and internal organs,” the law states.

There are some exceptions, including instances of sexual assault, incest or other pregnancies that resulted from a violation of law.

Women seeking abortions are also exempt if the fetus has been found to have an irreversible medical condition that will cause a disability.

Deliberate Cruelty Or Ignorance?

Does the Texas House and Senate, both of which are controlled by Republicans, have any idea what anguish women already have to go through in deciding to have an abortion? Are they being deliberately cruel? Or are they ignorant of the painful soul-searching that must go on to arrive at the decision to have an abortion?

Judge for yourself by reading this announcement via Reuters:

“Governor Perry was pleased to sign this important legislation, which bolsters our efforts to protect life by ensuring Texans are fully informed when considering such an important decision,” said Katherine Cesinger, a spokeswoman for the governor.

Ensuring Texans are fully informed? Or punishing women for being women?

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JR Loring
JR Loring4 years ago

Reading your comments makes ME glad you never fathered any kids...

Sharon H ~ I think, like several others here, you need to get a grip on your reading comprehension skills. It's obvious by my comments, I have not "Fathered" any children. Unless it would be another Immaculate Miracle. I always made sure, however, that I never 'got pregnant' & then would face the possibility of being a mother.

Obviously I have not checked into my comments in a long time. Seeing Perry's laughable attempts at the presidency, is pretty amusing. However, I still would support this law.
I also like Robert B's comments.

Pego R.
Pego R5 years ago

Can you imagine? "Throw Away Kids" is a for real phrase. Goggle it.

People go overseas for adoptions because they want babies. It is pretty ugly to try to force women to be baby factories here when there are so, so many children being thrown away.

It is unspeakably wrong.

Pego R.
Pego R5 years ago

Hi Diane

I know relatives of yours, Elias is not a common name. :)

I do wish you would think this through. This law directs actions upon Dr's regardless of the situation. Think about that. The Dr MUST legally force this upon a patient in a painful state already. Does the phrase "scared for life" mean anything? The people who just don't care, will STILL generally just not care but those who literally cannot see any other choice will be in agony. What does that serve?

My stepdaughter is pregnant and we look forward with great joy to the "Big Event" but I have to say that, like some who have already posted here, her pregnancy is a very risky one. Every time we get the great news post, there is the silent fear that the next one will not be good, that she will come and tell us that she lost another one. Worse, now that her 1st trimester has passed, the child may die in place or her body may skate too close to death and the Dr may say that she will not live through to when the baby could live on it's own.

What then? By Law, now, her Dr will be forced to shove that into her face, that baby she wants so desperately that she has, again, chosen to damage her own health to try to have.

How do you expect her to feel then?

It is easy to make judgments with no information about the people involved. But those people still have to live with this. I don't expect this law to stand. Some girl will kill herself and then there will be a law case against it.

Diana Elias
Diana Elias5 years ago

I think it's fair enough to give the unborn child this last chance to live, letting know and feel to his/her mother exactly the rol she plays in the miracle of life.
No guilts, no punishment, no judgement, only opening her eyes to the grandeur of her co-creative power in the creation of a new life.
In other matters, everybody not only want but DEMAND to be well informed, we investigate the most little details; why in one of the most important and difficult decisions a woman can make (as many people say), should be different?
I don't think this law is misogynist neither cruel, i think it's only the last hope for the most innocent and defendesless human being to get his/her right to just LIVE.

Pego R.
Pego R5 years ago

Many of these kids simply wind up killing themselves. It is horrific. I have been and seen these over and over. I drive the streets of my city and pass the places the "Throw-Away Kids" congregate in, trying to find a bed to sleep in even if that bed comes with a sexual price tag. I do my best, I bring food to the open dinners and vote to fund the hostels and shelters, but these children are found dead every year, starvation, murder by those who took them in drug ODs to quiet the agony of their lives.

Every child has a right to be born wanted.

Pego R.
Pego R5 years ago

I am glad that you put your family where your mouth is and adopt, but there are literally THOUSANDS of children that are so unwanted that they age out of state foster care.

Pego R.
Pego R5 years ago

I quite agree with you on using Wiki for a news source.

You should have noticed, however, that this Wiki was not a "News" link but simply a listing of common propaganda techniques. I have also back-checked the list and it is the most complete one.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese5 years ago

You are the one following the biased news when you list websites like Wikipedia that anyone can change or plant. I turned off my television 5 years ago and I am old enough to know when killing babies is not anything I would support. My daughter is adopted and there are thousands of others that go out of the US to adopt. We do not need to kill we just need some common sense.
Have a great weekend, it may be our first 80 degree day of 2011.

Pego R.
Pego R5 years ago

PS Sheeple is an activity and state of mind. Well, unless you get stuck there.

Pego R.
Pego R5 years ago

Just can't admit you've been had, huh?

Stay away from all those propaganda mills and stick with ballanced news;

Study up to know when your're being had;
and good luck