Sonogram Bill Signed: Three White Guys Sitting Around Talking

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Sid Miller knows best.
Texas, you may now consider yourself even more safe when it comes to women abortin' babies just `cause they feel like it.

Governor Rick Perry, in a big ceremonial show, signed into law the bill that mandates women seeking abortions must undergo sonograms.

His official statement on the matter included quotes from three people: himself, State Senator Dan Patrick and State Representative Sid Miller.

Because if anyone knows what's good for women, it's three Tea Party Texan politicians.

"Today is a great day for women's health and unborn children in Texas," Patrick said. "This bill will greatly improve women's healthcare in Texas, provide women the information that they deserve through informed consent and will undoubtedly save thousands of innocent lives."

All about the women's healthcare, is our Dan.

Sid Miller's thoughts:

House Bill 15 will protect human life: the lives of the unborn victims of abortion, as well as those who are faced with such a life changing decision. By providing women with a full 24-hour waiting period, this bill will provide expectant mothers with adequate time to review their sonogram and to carefully weigh the impact of their life-changing decision without undue pressure or influence from abortion providers or others.

And finally, rounding out the rich white guy trifecta, the honorable governor:

Every life lost to abortion is a tragedy we all must work together to prevent, and I commend Rep. Miller and Sen. Patrick for their hard work on this significant legislation. This important bill will ensure that every Texas woman seeking an abortion has all the facts about the life she is carrying, and understands the devastating impact of such a life-changing decision.

We can only hope the women of Texas are properly grateful to have such stalwart defenders in their midst.

The governor's office, by the way, made sure there were plenty of women surrounding him as he was photographed signing the bill, just so no one would get the wrong idea or anything. Not to mention they quickly followed up the original release with a second featuring quotes from women.

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Francesco Orodinapoli
Francesco Orodinapoli

A modest proposal. Where is the legislator brave enough to attach a rider to the bill that after the woman has to watch the sonogram, she then has to watch two hours of live videos of women giving natural childbirth with no anesthetic.   That would be interesting.

icarrhou
icarrhou

Love them Republicans - less guvment...unless, of course, we're talking about women's bodies. 

Mgerson5
Mgerson5

If quarterbacks got pregnant, abortion would be mandatory in Texas.  What a bunch of crap.  Who pays for these unnecessary sonegrams?

Mark
Mark

The sonograms are always done as part of the procedure.

JB
JB

Over-the-belly sonograms are routinely done, not the trans-vaginal ones required by the law.  Basically, the government is mandating a medically unnecessary and highly invasive step, delaying healthcare, and interfering with the patient-doctor relationship as it addresses a PERFECTLY LEGAL MEDICAL PROCEDURE but it's okay to do that because it only involves vaginas. 

Allison
Allison

True, sonograms are always done so the doctor can see how far along the pregnant woman is and decide the best abortion procedure to use. But this bill adds a mandatory 24 hour waiting period and forces women to look at the sonogram and hear unnecessary details about the fetus, as if she doesn't already know exactly what she's doing. People may not think that (latter part) is much, but imagine being a woman with a very much wanted but non viable fetus (whether because the fetus won't survive, the woman won't survive, or both). Can you imagine how much more heartbreaking an already painful ordeal would be in that situation?

Susan Norman
Susan Norman

Well don't cha know that abortion is just another form of birth control for most women and they have no feelings about it whatsoever?

Mark
Mark

Anything that may reduce abortions is evil and any increase in aborions is good? I bet if the abortions were puppies and kitties these same people would go crazy in the opposite direction!

matx
matx

Texas already spends over half a billion dollars for unintended pregnancies (and the feds pay over 700,000,000.00).  None of that money--state or fed--goes to abortion.  Each pregnancy costs over $9,000.   Over 1.2 billion dollars spent, and when it is distributed across every woman in Texas, ages 15-44, it means $180 is spent per woman. These figures are based on 2006 data, and with the cuts to women's health looming it is not going to get better.

Cheryl
Cheryl

And I'll bet if men had the ability to get pregnant, abortions would be available at Walgreen's no questions asked.

Schwarzestiefel
Schwarzestiefel

And it would celebrated with a national Sunday holiday. And presents. And a bowl game.

Laura Chandler
Laura Chandler

You know what decreases abortions? Free birth control and good sex ed classes. I totally support those. Waiting until someone is already pregnant is a wee bit too late to start worrying about the unwanted pregnancy rate.If you want less abortion, support bills and candidates who support birth control access and education.  

Mark
Mark

Really? All this stuff is free?

kylejack
kylejack

Sure, sex education should be part of high school education (or younger, even).  Free birth control is a heck of a lot cheaper than caring for babies on the state's dime.

JB
JB

Only republicans would think abortions were like puppies and kitties.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Because women are incapable of making decisions for themselves. :/

Allison
Allison

Well I mean, I know that when I walk into a medical establishment for a specific medical procedure, that's the FIRST time I've thought about what that procedure entails and how it will affect my life, so that 24 hour waiting period is just common sense! Plus there's that whole, "I'm a woman" thing and so I always need a pasty old white dude to tell me what I really need for my life. *teehee*

H_e_x
H_e_x

Where would the world be if not for old pasty white dudes?

Stupid Leftard
Stupid Leftard

Yeah! Like the decision to murder a child just because it would inconvenience them.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Maybe if you say it enough it'll become the truth.Well, is what you said the truth now?

JB
JB

This is in reply to Jhend170, but the system won't let me:

Why does it have to be one or the other? 

And why don't you support a 24 hour waiting period after diagnosis before a doctor can treat the flu? 

JB
JB

It's amazing how many people believe something so demonstrably false just by repeating it over and over again. 

Abortions involve neither murder nor children, but actual facts, much less actual *gasp* scientific facts, just don't matter to you.

craig
craig

Wrap it up, toots!  Or shall I say keep them closed.

Jhend170
Jhend170

Here's a scientific fact for ya... if you PREVENT getting pregnant, you don't have to worry about this issue, now do ya?  Condoms are FAR cheaper than abortions, without all that annoying social stigma.  Want to make an actual good decision?  Try prevention.  If it's good enough for the flu it's good enough for pregnancies.

S.Young
S.Young

So no more abortions, so we have uneducated women keeping their children, with the cut to WIC they cant afford to feed them, so then they cut education, and if the poor child hasn't starved to death, he/she won't be able to get a full education because we have no teachers, and will end up being a criminal!! GOOD JOD RICK! 

Bill
Bill

How else do you expect us to re-grow our very own unskilled labor force?  We need domestics who speak English but will work for practically nothing - you know, like it was back before those crazy civil rights people got involved....

Adam Torres
Adam Torres

Not to beat a dead horse here, but this bill does not prohibit abortion.

Allison
Allison

No, it just makes it harder to get and treats women like we're idiots. Take the 24 hour waiting period, some women can barely afford to leave work for one day, how can they now afford to take off of work for 2 days?

JimB
JimB

That really puts things into prospective. What the hell is a woman doing getting pregnant if she can't take a day off of work? 

Allison
Allison

I wasn't aware that1) getting pregnant is a solo endeavor,2) birth control is 100% effective for everyone every time.

kylejack
kylejack

Not to mention the invasive medical procedure.  This requires a trans-vaginal ultrasound, not the over-the-belly kind.

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