Texas Jumps on Anti-Abortion 'Sonogram' Bandwagon on Heels of Scary Ohio 'Heartbeat' Bill
This week, Texas State Senators will consider a barbaric new billthat would force women to look at a sonogram, hear a heartbeat and listen to their doctor's detailed description of the fetus just two hours before receiving their scheduled abortion.
[Before we get into the details, hold up for one second. Apparently the supporters of the bill, including Republican Senator Dan Patrick -- who introduced it -- and Gov. Rick Perry -- who fast-tracked it -- think that deciding to have an abortion is easy? That choosing to terminate a pregnancy is a decision the country's wanton women make flippantly, as though scheduling a manicure? That the time between learning you are pregnant and deciding to have an abortion is not already filled with agony and distress? Absurd -- and a violation of women's civil liberties.]
Moving on. The bill was expedited by Gov. Perry last month, so that legislators could debate it early on in the session. According to the Austin-American Statesman, Sen. Patrick believes the bill will convince women to curb their planned abortions -- yet even area doctors feel the bill would trample their civil liberties -- and ability to practice effectively:
"It's really an intrusion into the patient-physician relationship," said Pam Udall, spokeswoman for the Texas Medical Association. "We don't think it's in the best interest of any Texas patient that any medical care be predetermined by a scripted, cookbook-type approach."
This bill comes on the heels of Ohio's even more absurd 'heartbeat' bill, which nefariously inches toward eliminating abortion entirely by establishing heartbeat as the basis for a ban, as AlterNet reported last week. Such a ban would not only impede upon the rights of the women of Ohio -- it would have massive implications for all American women, as similar legislation would almost certainly be introduced in states around the country.