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Victory For The Women Of Texas!

Victory For The Women Of Texas!

 

A federal judge on August 30 blocked key provisions of Texas’ new law requiring a doctor to perform a sonogram before an abortion, ruling the measure violates the free speech rights of both doctors and patients.

Women Seeking Abortions In Texas No Longer Required To Listen To Sonogram Descriptions

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks upheld the requirement that sonograms be performed, but struck down the provisions requiring doctors to describe the images to their patients and requiring women to hear the descriptions.

That means doctors won’t face the threat of losing their medical licenses if they do not show women seeking abortions their ultrasound images — as the law requires, even if the women say no. Doctors cannot be forced to describe the sonograms, or to make women listen to the fetal heartbeat over their objections.

In Texas, No Abortion Without Sonogram And Lecture First

As I wrote here, in May 2011, the act that Governor Perry signed into law would have meant that as of September 1, any woman in Texas seeking an abortion would 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.

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

However, as U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks writes now, the law “compels physicians to advance an ideological agenda with which they may not agree, regardless of any medical necessity, and irrespective of whether the pregnant women wish to listen.”

Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Not Considered Medically Necessary

From The Washington Post:

Supporters argued the law ensures women fully understand what an abortion entails and said some women have regretted having abortions. They said the law would lead to fewer abortions in Texas. About 81,000 abortions are performed every year in Texas.

Opponents argued that requiring doctors to describe a fetus’ features would force them to say things against their will and would violate medical ethics requiring doctors to respect a patient’s autonomy and act in the patient’s best interest.

The Texas Medical Association opposed the law because it dictated when a doctor must perform a procedure and how the doctor must deal with a patient. While a pre-abortion ultrasound is routine, it is not considered medically necessary.

With this victory, the Center for Reproductive Rights, which had sued to block the original law,  sent out this message: “We will not allow these lawmakers to turn back the clock on reproductive rights in Texas—and, with this lawsuit, we’re sending a message to anti-choice politicians everywhere that we will fight relentlessly to beat back their attacks.”

Hooray for them, and for the rights of women!

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4:55PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

@ Nancy V. They couldn't do that, that would be sensible.

4:48PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

AND Melanie........do you have a direct line to GOD? How wonderful that you do....AND...have you adopted ANY of these children saved by so called "Christian preaching"? How many have you adopted or helped care for???? Wake up and join the real world and stop your ()* preaching.

4:46PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

Carolyn and William.......HIP HIP HOORAY....all of these 'holier than thou' supposid Christians that rant and rave and preach should just shut up and sit down. To each their own beliefs and actions. Nobody knows what another has to live with or what should be done in all cases.........some of these holier than thou people need to wake up to reality...join the 'real world' and have the 'compassion' that Jesus taught

3:23AM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

@ Carolyn F. Well put. Those of you who have convictions are free to state them, but not free to force them on anyone. That is the biggest problem today, the "holier than thou attitude."
The I'm right your wrong crap, needs to stop. If you don't like abortion, don't get one, then go and adopt one of the unaborted, babies that the mother gave up for adoption, that is waiting since it is not the right color, has the wrong color hair, wrong color eyes or is the wrong sex.

9:06PM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

Oh and by the way, I am not raging on all the men. I merely stated that they should not have anything to say about it, since it is not something they can or have to do themselves. It doesn't concern them, but men seem to have more to say on this subject than women do. It would be totally different if they were able to assume the pregnancy, then I would say hats off to them. But they can't, therefore they should refrain from telling women what they should and shouldn't do.

8:50PM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

Melanie, perhaps if all you righteous bible thumpers would stop trying to tell everyone else how to live, the world might just be a better place. YOU do not have the right to tell anyone else what to do, nor do YOU have the right to judge others. YOU do have the right to live YOUR life the way you see fit, and YOU do have the right and the obligation to mind your own business and to stop trying to push your beliefs and morals down someone else's throat!

Like I stated, only GOD has that right, and whatever choice the woman makes, she will have to answer to HIM, not YOU or society. And you can quote all the damn scripture you want to quote, it doesn't make you any better than any one else, nor does it give you the right to force your views on anyone else. If you believe it is wrong, then that is your right. Just as it is MY right to see things as I wish to see them.

And I was probably raised more religious than you were. I had nuns; who also taught us,
"Judge not lest you be judged!! It is your duty to help others, not to condemn them"

Obviously you have never found yourself in the position of needing to make a decision. Neither have I, however, I still believe it isn't my place to judge the circumstances others find themselves in. And it sure isn't yours either. So you can come down off that holier than thou soap box and live your own life your way while you leave others alone to live theirs.

8:39PM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

Amen! Tom Y. & Wendy S. Very well said! Wendy, I am sorry for your loss! Margaret C. & Carolyn, You are so full of crap! Stop raging on all the men! It takes 2 to get pregnant and no matter what is going on in a woman's life, there is still absolutely No Reason to KILL AN INNOCENT CHILD! There are PLENTY of Good people in this world who would love to give someone's "unwanted" child a good life and home. I am so tired of people thinking about themselves! Why don't you think about someone else for a change? Maybe if more people in this world put others ahead of themselves for a change, then the world wouldn't be so messed up. God wanted those babies here and no one has the Right to go against that! The doctors Should have to show women their Babies and make them hear the sound of their heartbeat! If she can't take it then she knows that its wrong and that she should get her butt up and get out of their! If she goes through with it and feels awful afterwards, SHE SHOULD! If she kills herself over it.. that's called Karma. If she doesn't feel anything but relief, she has no soul! All KILLERS get what's due to them when their time comes!

"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart for my holy purpose. I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:5

6:53PM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

I wonder how many of these pro-life women have had to endure an unwanted pregnancy, or raised a child either they didn't want, couldn't afford, or that ended up in an institution because of medical defects? Not many me thinks. If they had they might be singing a different tune. Only God had the right to judge, none of us do, whether we think we know how people feel or not. Laure H, you sound like a sanctimonious shrew who should perhaps, keep her opinions to herself.

The only person who should have the right to say yes or no, is the woman involved. no-one else. Right or wrong, God is the only one she has to answer to. Truthfully, it is none of our business one way or the other. None of us have the right to tell someone else what to do or not to do, regardless of how much better than others, we think we are. Margaret C, I agree completely. Men have absolutely no idea whatsoever, what we feel, like, love or hate. They are the last people that should have a say in any of this. They are half responsible for these unwanted babies, since women have yet to figure out how to do this by themselves. Of course, they can just walk away. Women can't. And no, I am not hurt, wounded or anything else. It is just my simple opinion.

9:36AM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

I really feel sorry for this country and how far we are moving alway from GOD.It says in the bible Thy Shall Not Kill.It so easy a child could understand it.GOD puts them babies in your body not you.A child is the most precious thing in this world why would you want to get rid of it.GOD makes a way no matter what your circumstance .Your baby will go to heaven but you will never be able to walk away undamaged.Your are lying if you say you did.They are a lot of people out there that regret what they have done.The sonogram is GODs way of giving you a 2nd chance before you make a mistake.I had a baby die when I was 34 weeks pregnant.He had birth defects and if I knew what was going to happen I would not have changed a thing.I am not here to judge you I able here to help you not have a lifetime of regrets ,because your babies are fine they are with Jesus in heaven.I will pray for all of you and wish you all well in the future.GOD bless this country.

2:28PM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

laure, I know exactly what Margaret is saying, and I think most people are appalled at the stepford wife-like tone you take. You are condescending and we don't have to like you.

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