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Texas Will Require Women To Have a Sonogram Before an Abortion

Texas Will Require Women To Have a Sonogram Before an Abortion

Just yesterday, the Florida Senate passed the nation’s most restrictive law on parental notification requirements for minors seeking abortion access.† Now, abortion rights are being eroded in another state, as Texas joins the handful of states that require women to undergo a sonogram at least 24 hours before having an abortion.† Women can choose whether to see the results and hear the fetus’ heartbeat, but doctors are legally required to describe what the sonogram shows — including any features like legs, arms and internal organs.

The Texas legislature passed the bill at the end of this week, and Governor Rick Perry is expected to sign it into law.† The intent behind the law is clear: Texas politicians want women to feel guilty about the choice to have an abortion.† “This will be one of the strongest pieces of sonogram legislation in the nation,” the billís author, Representative Sid Miller, said. He added that he believes the law will “save numerous unborn lives.”

The bill exempts women who became pregnant as a result of rape or incest.† Critics of the bill have argued that in addition to interfering with the doctor-patient relationship, it will also make the logistics of abortion access much more complicated.† NARAL Pro-Choice Texas said in a statement,

“[Legislators] consistently fail to publicly mention the hardship that the 24-waiting period between the sonogram and abortion will cause for those who live in the 93% of Texas counties that don’t have an abortion provider. Indeed, this bill is designed to shame women, as if we are daft creatures unable to make personal, private medical decisions without the paternalistic oversight of legislators.”

Other states, like North Carolina, are considering similar pieces of legislation.† Such obvious intrusions into women’s decision-making processes are disturbing, and illustrate the gains made by politicians who are deeply intent on restricting women’s ability to access abortion.

 

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7:31PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

The reason an ultra sound is such a big deal is the time it takes to get an ultra sound and the added cost that it adds to the procedure. It would not be a big deal if the republicans were not so hell bent on putting abortions on a time table to begin with but since they do and since they insist on adding an extra medical procedure to get an abortion it will make it so that many women simply will not be able to afford to get an abortion and many will not be able to do it in a timely manner.

10:30PM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

I actually agree with this. It has nothing to do with politics, or doesn't have to at least. An abortion is a health procedure and it seems odd to me that ultrasounds aren't performed before every abortion for the safety of the mother. Abortion is absolutely the choice of every woman but I know first hand that the beginning of pregnancy just doesn't feel real. Many women are always happy with their choices surrounding abortions but it can't be denied that there are a portion who are on the fence from the start and later mourn the loss of their child. A sonogram may bring the situation into reality and allow the mother to make a more informed choice and bring the abstract concept of pregnancy into reality. And if you are truly set on abortion and know that a baby is not for you, then it shouldn't matter anyways.

11:27PM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

Yet another article written by a Roe v. Wade survivor-even worse, she's the same age as my daughter! Ah, the folly of youth. She hasn't a clue as to what she's writing about. Has she had a botched abortion? No! Has she a clue as to what goes on in those places? The lawsuits? Look at what's going on in Ohio. Here a clinic has 18 violations, and the "doctor" gives $2500 to pay for a politician to get into office, and presto! continue on with business. They have NO hospital affiliations, meaning that when they mess up, it's gonna be a really bad situation. I hope that women do have a chance to have a 24 hour wait-I didn't. I was rushed through it before I even knew what was going on.

1:59PM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

@Jennifer M: "@Charles Wallace, your statistics about 99% of abortions being done before the baby is viable are really skewed."

I don't know what you mean by "skewed", but my statistic is 100% true. No 4-month fetus is viable, and extremely few 5-month fetuses are viable.

"WHY ARE ALL YOU PRO-CHOICERS EQUATING A HARMLESS SONOGRAM TO WATCHING MILITARY VIDEOS OF WAR ATROCITIES OR BUTCHERING ANIMALS AT SLAUGHTER?"

Because the situations are totally analogous, that's why. In all cases, a person (and a woman IS a person, you know) is attempting to do something that is totally legal, and yet are going to be required to watch some disgusting videos first, and be forced to wait day(s) to "think about their actions" before being "allowed" to do that legal act. Exactly how is forcing someone to watch a sonogram less harmful than forcing someone to watch a video of war atrocoties or animal butcherings? Forcing someone to do anything is NOT a non-violent act. If you really feel that it would have benefitted you to have seen such a sonogram, why didn't you do so? Why would you have to be FORCED to view it?

I repeat: there are many forms of life that have 2 arms, 2 legs, a brain, and a beating heart, who are NOT human beings. Even if a fetus were a human being, it would STILL have no right to use a woman's womb without her consent. No human has a right to use another human's body parts without their consent.

8:58AM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

WHY ARE ALL YOU PRO-CHOICERS EQUATING A HARMLESS SONOGRAM TO WATCHING MILITARY VIDEOS OF WAR ATROCITIES OR BUTCHERING ANIMALS AT SLAUGHTER???

You sound very threatened by the non-violent act of having a sonogram. There are MANY women, myself included, who would have benefited greatly to see a real human being in their womb before they make the decision to snuff it out, violently.

We should be scared for our future when people are vehemently fighting for the "right" to kill off the most vulnerable of beings...the unborn child.

@Charles Wallace, your statistics about 99% of abortions being done before the baby is viable are really skewed. 88-92% of all abortions are performed in the first trimester. That means that by 2008 statistics, 145,000 abortions were performed AFTER the first trimester...( The Guttmacher Institute (AGI) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Look at some real pictures of a baby after the first tri--it's hard to defend yourselves...

When a pregnant woman is murdered, none of the Pro-Choicers I have ever heard have fought against the double-murder charge that is given to the murderer. Everyone knows in their heart that if you can see 2 arms, 2 legs, a head and a beating heart, that it's a person! We are not talking about animals here. We don't treat animals the same way as humans no matter how vegan you are.

Truly, if you believe that the baby isn't human yet, then it should not be threatening to have a young woman see what is really in t

7:16AM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

Religion should not have anything to do with women's rights!
Get religion out of government issues!!! I am so glad I live in a Country NOT ruled by religious fanatics! I am Canadian!

6:36AM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

I am thankful I live in Canada, where women have the right to choose.

6:17AM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

Do women have civil rights? It seems to me this is a violation of women's rights. No human being should be allowed to take away a woman's right to choose what is best for her. This is about control over women!!!

2:25PM PDT on May 18, 2011

@Amber M: "...how can a a baby with a heart beat, all its organs, arms, legs, and a brain not be a human?"

MY arguments are pathetic, Amber? By YOUR logic, ANY member of the Animal Kingdom is a human being, seeing as how they all have "a heart beat, all its organs, arms, legs, and a brain".

"YES if you want to joining the military and you are going to be a soldier in the middle of a war then you should have to watch videos of people's heads getting blown off, because thats WHAT THEY WILL BE SEEING."

"if they are going to get plastic surgery they should have to watch what the procedure is before it's done because they need to know what is being done to their body."

I look forward to your active advocating of THESE oppressive intrusions into our lives, too, Amber. And when plastic surgeons go bankrupt, and we can no longer get enough service men and women to defend our country, we'll have the smug self-righteousness of people like you to thank. While we're at it, why don't we pass a law that you can't graduate high school with out watching graphic pics of people dying from cancer, kidney failure, liver failure, etc., so we can get more organ donors to save lives.

I repeat: a fetus is NOT a baby. It's a fetus. It's a POTENTIAL baby. I don't care one way or another whether it's allowed to become a baby. Not MY decision. It's the pregnant woman's decision. I just don't want anyone COERCING her into doing something she doesn't want to do. Period.

1:09PM PDT on May 18, 2011

Charles Wallace, your arguments are pathetic.
how can a a baby with a heart beat, all its organs, arms, legs, and a brain not be a human? if that is so then I guess you are not a human. and YES if you want to joining the military and you are going to be a soldier in the middle of a war then you should have to watch videos of people's heads getting blown off, because thats WHAT THEY WILL BE SEEING. if they are going to get plastic surgery they should have to watch what the procedure is before it's done because they need to know what is being done to their body. if you are going to have an abortion then you should have to have a sonogram so you know what it is you're murdering, and you should have to watch an abortion being done so that you know what your body will be going through. if abortion is not a bad thing, so many pro choicers say, then why would that be a problem? are you afraid all those women will actually have compassion and feel love when they hear another heartbeat inside of them and decide not to kill their baby? what would be wrong with that other than the fact that you are cold and heartless and you don't want those babies to be born.

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