Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Compulsory Texas Sonograms

One more strike against the freedom of women.

Today, the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals lifted the ban on the Texas sonogram law.  This means that a woman seeking an abortion will first be forced to watch an ultrasound of the fetus; second be forced to listen to the heartbeat of the fetus; and third be forced to sit through a state mandated soliloquy delivered by the physician who will detail the expected physical characteristics of a fetus.  Not necessarily her fetus, mind you, because modern sonograms can't even reliably distinguish the sex of the fetus at 12 weeks, much less show fingernails.  Oh, after the lecture is over, the woman must wait at least 24 hours before she can receive the procedure.

All of this, I suppose, is meant to appeal to the, "maternal instincts" of a woman who, after seeing the fuzzy image of a fetus and hearing the throaty heartbeat on a fetal Doppler, will more likely reconsider her decision to abort the pregnancy.  But I really doubt it.  What's more likely to me is that the Texas state legislators found an easy way to harass and embarrass lower income women by making them stretch a 3 to 5 hour procedure over 48 hours.  That means two days away from work, rather than one.  Nice touch.

Of course, Rick Perry was thrilled.  That is, until his election numbers came in from the New Hampshire primary.

It staggers me how those that evangelize about how completely out of control the government of the United States has become, would suddenly do an about-face and support a law that will pervade the privacy between doctor and patient.  Then again, these are the people that maniacally support the death penalty while referring to themselves as "pro-life".  So, I suppose they'll agree to anything as long as they can turn doctors into mouthpieces for their political agenda.


  1. Exactly. We should be asking them who are the socialist authoritarians and who are the true libertarians. They point to welfare and gun control as violations of individual rights, and then shove this down our throats.

    (Caveat: I agree with them on gun control)

  2. @Mule:

    I'm not sure which is worse, the politicians that talk out of both sides of their mouths or the people that vote for them.