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
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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