Texas Mandatory-Sonogram Bill: Court Challenge Ramps Up Tomorrow

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Group says new law "imposes stress and emotional strain on women as they prepare to undergo a medical procedure."
The legal challenge to the new bill that forces women who are seeking an abortion to get a sonogram begins for real tomorrow, with a hearing on a temporary injunction barring enforcement of the law until it is all hashed out in court.

A federal court in Austin will hear arguments on the injunction request from the Center for Reproductive Rights, a national organization that filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of Texas women.

"The Center argues that the ultrasound requirements violate the First Amendment rights of both the doctor and the patient by forcing physicians to deliver politically motivated communications to women, regardless of their wishes," says spokesperson Dionne Scott. "The Center also argues that the law discriminates against women by subjecting them to paternalistic 'protections' not imposed on men."

The law requires women who are seeking an abortion to get a sonogram and mandates that the doctor doing it "takes steps to show and describe the ultrasound images to her, and plays the sound of the fetal heart," the Center says.

In its injunction request, the Center says "the act forces physicians to deliver to their abortion patients government-mandated speech -- consisting of visual, auditory and verbal depictions of the fetus -- that falls outside of the accepted medical standards and practices for informed consent."

It says the law "damages the relationship of trust between physician and patient, and with compelled and unwanted speech imposes stress and emotional strain on women as they prepare to undergo a medical procedure."

Judge Sam Sparks is hearing the case.


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Charles Pilcher
Charles Pilcher

since the state of texas has decided IT knows what is best than IT should pay for the raising of ANY kids IT forced a mother to have AGAINST her will.ie food,clothing ,shelter,health,education what EVER. you want to run people lives you pay for it.if you dont want to pay for it than keep you nose OUT.if you do NOT like abortion for your religion DO NOT GET ONE.by the way since you eveidently think its okay to force a woman to get medical treatment against her will ,it must be okay for the gvt to force you to buy insurance right.

Tiffany Ritter McElweenie
Tiffany Ritter McElweenie

Physicians should not be required to promote political propaganda. I want my doctor to explain to me the health risks & benefits, the steps performed in a procedure, and any particulars that I ask.  I DON'T want my doctor to push some pompous male politician's agenda.  It is degrading to women to require that we have an intrusive and unnecessary medical test performed, be forced to listen to a heartbeat, and basically told that we can't make an important decision on our own without these politically, not medically, required measures.  

Jenna L. Norton
Jenna L. Norton

Also, I love that the insertion of your opinion is only contingent on others not providing theirs.

Jenna L. Norton
Jenna L. Norton

Obviously I'm doing the thinking for us both. That's okay Enough, why don't you sit down and drink something warm. You've had a rough day.

ann
ann

Unwanted/ unnecessary medical procedures should not be imposed by the government onto a citizen.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Small government my ass.

Pmlytle
Pmlytle

Many in the Republican party complain about governmnet spending and interference in our private lives. This law seems to fall in that category. It seems rather cruel to subject the woman to all this law would require. I'm not a supporter of abortion but I think it is a personal and moral choice for a woman. What is the expected outcome for subjecting women to this law? Is there a plan for these unwanted children, should the mothers decide to birth them but not keep them? Probably not. There a thousands of children waiting to be adopted but never are. Time would be better served trying to find homes for these children.

barleyvine
barleyvine

Small Government Republicans....dreaming of the day when government is so small it fits in your pants.

Richard Doll
Richard Doll

It's a sound argument and I hope common sense prevails, and this idiotic law is rescinded.  Don't like abortion?  Don't have one.

Enough
Enough

HAHA love the pathetic "not imposed on men" excuse!

Enough
Enough

YEAH! If women decide to terminate a human life they should be able to without all the hassle!

Enough
Enough

And you are still full of shit.

Laurie
Laurie

They are essentially creating an even larger underclass by making it financially impossible for poorer people to be able to front the money for an abortion. Sonograms are not free. I am not a proponent for abortion, but I would rather it be an option for everyone rather than an option for none.

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

Or your uterus.

Which, BTW, it's important to note, this ain't no jelly on the belly ultrasound. It's an inter-uterine ultrasound.

H_e_x
H_e_x

When in the history of humanity have people not had sex?

Enough
Enough

It's getting harder and harder to murder a baby just because it would be an inconvenience. Don't want to kill a baby? Keep your pants zipped.

Evan
Evan

The 14th Amendment isn't pathetic. 

Tiffany Ritter McElweenie
Tiffany Ritter McElweenie

It's not about hassle.  It's about politicians saying that women are too stupid to make these decisions on their own.  It's about them saying that doctors are incapable of providing necessary information without a law to mandate it.  It's about politics interfering in an issue that should not be part of a legal system.  Whichever decision you believe should be made by all women facing an unwanted, unprepared-for, unable-to-care-for, or dangerous pregnancy is not the issue in this argument.  The morality of these decisions are a completely separate argument.  My argument is that Texas lawmakers have no right to say what or when something enters my uterus.  That decision should be made between me and my doctor in his/her office.  Not in Austin.

Jenna L. Norton
Jenna L. Norton

That's it! Play time is over. If you can't play nicely with the other children like an adult, then you can't play at all.

mary t.
mary t.

They are very intrusive and physically uncomfortable. 

Enough
Enough

You know the vast majority of them are the opposite of life-saving. What ever happened to personal responsibility?

JB
JB

No, it's getting harder to obtain a perfectly legal and sometimes life-saving medical procedure. 

Enough
Enough

You thinking it pertains here is.

Enough
Enough

Is that your excuse for the day?

Enough
Enough

Obviously, it's to show them they are about to terminate a human life. This isn't rocket science, Jenna.

Jenna L. Norton
Jenna L. Norton

Did you think doctor's don't provide women with information about procedures? The risks or otherwise? That is ludicrous. It's like saying surgeons don't provide information about an operation and just hope you know not to eat 24 hours beforehand. Of course doctors provide women with information about medical procedures. This is an intrusive way,  literally inside a woman's body, to force an agenda and you absolutely know it. You're basing your opinion on how you lean morally on the subject and are completely disregarding the fact this is unconstitutional.

Enough
Enough

Unfortunately, the only way to make sure doctors do in fact offer this information is to make it mandatory. Sorry of you don't like it.

Jenna L. Norton
Jenna L. Norton

Once again, all the things I wish to say encapsulated in the awesome that is the McElweenie.

Enough
Enough

Got your Junior Mod badge all shined up? haha

HC
HC

It is good to know that we have someone making the decision of what kind of statement is worthy on the interwebs, and who should commit suicide based on a single political statement.  I bet you think your penis is 4 feet long and chicks throw themselves on puddles so you don't step in it.  And you fart sunshine and rainbows.

Get the fuck over yourself.

Enough
Enough

Go take a long stroll off of a short pier. I couldn't care less what you think.

Jenna L. Norton
Jenna L. Norton

Wow, your comments are really ridiculous. I liked it when you offered constructive feedback and presented your case clearly. Oh wait...maybe that was too much to ask. Until you have a public audience at your next colonoscopy to remove that stick from your ass, and then have to look at pictures to prove that yes, in fact that is a stick, I suppose you don't have much force or credit in this debate.

Enough
Enough

AWWWW you poor, poor thing.

Enough
Enough

By the way, are you looking for this? ≠

Enough
Enough

Hey, whatever gets you thru it, right?

Craig Malisow
Craig Malisow

Weird -- "Fetuses =/= Babies" was the name of my high school band!

Enough
Enough

I figured I wouldn't get a number out of you. Not surprising.

Jenna L. Norton
Jenna L. Norton

Sigh...what part of supporting your arguments and assertions is unclear to you? You want ME provide statistics on claims that YOU'VE made. I use rhetoric; you give me tired colloquialisms. Obviously the Google isn't your friend. You still haven't backed up your original assertion which moreover proves my point that you are incredibly ignorant and pretending to understand a highly complex issue. Now you just look silly.

Enough
Enough

Prove it? It's called common sense.

A quarter of all people how get abortions are below the poverty line? So what?

Since you are throwing out statistics, how many women get abortions for other reasons, hmmmm? Let's see that miniscule number.

Jenna L. Norton
Jenna L. Norton

Your assertion is that abortion is the "senseless murder of babies". I asked you to prove that; seems you can't. Also the definition of inconvenience implies annoyance rather than a monetary strain. A quarter of all people who get abortions are below the poverty line. You're not implying that people who get abortions kill babies to party instead of the lack of money to have one, are you? Are you denying that people have abortions for other reasons? Really? You must be completely ignorant to think that every abortion is based on someone trying to escape parental responsibility.

Enough
Enough

Are you going to actually try to say babies aren't being killed because they would be an inconvenience? Human beings are being killed because idiots couldn't keep their pants on and are now looking for an easy way out? Really? Who do you think you're fooling?

Jenna L. Norton
Jenna L. Norton

Define senseless and show some statistics about abortion that in any way prove your invalid points, then maybe we'll talk.

Enough
Enough

Nice tap dancing around the question.

Enough
Enough

Brittney- I thought you of all people would be against the senseless murder of babies. I guess I was wrong.

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

USA1, I thought you of all people would be against government intrusion into the lives of citizens.

JB
JB

What ever happened to personal autonomy?

Enough
Enough

Huh?? Do try to make sense.

Jenna L. Norton
Jenna L. Norton

Then the sperm bank shall be our point of operation.

Enough
Enough

No human lives are terminated at the urologist's office.

Jenna L. Norton
Jenna L. Norton

Fine, we'll make your next urologist appointment a public event and create laws that demand we discuss x-rays of it.

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