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.

Read more about these draconian bills at the Statesman and in AlterNet's Health Section.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at February 8, 2011, 4:47am

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