Mandatory Abortion Sonograms Bill Passes: Ladies, Get Ready For Your Close-Ups

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Dan Patrick has reason to smile; women, not so much.
Any woman seeking an abortion in Texas will be forced to undergo a sonogram and be asked if they want to view it or listen to the fetal heartbeat, thanks to a bill that passed today and that Governor Rick Perry says he can't wait to sign.

Pushed by Houston's state Senator Dan Patrick, the abortion-sonogram bill got final approval today in the Senate after an initial vote yesterday; the House's GOP supermajority easily passed its own version earlier and the Senate bill now goes back to the House for expected swift passage.

Perry quickly issued a statement today:

The Texas Senate has taken admirable action today by passing this significant sonogram legislation, and I want to thank Rep. Sid Miller and Sen. Dan Patrick for their work on this issue. Ensuring Texans have access to all the information when making such an important decision is a critical step in our efforts to protect life, and I look forward to this legislation reaching my desk very soon.

Perry had declared the bill to be "emergency legislation" at the opening of the legislative session.

The bill requires women to undergo a sonogram 24 hours before any abortion.

The Texas Medical Association opposed the bill in a letter to the Senate:

TMA is concerned about the dangerous precedent SB 16, and related legislation, would set for health care in Texas -- a precedent that would lay the foundation for future lawmakers to establish the details of the interaction between physicians and patients, and allow non-physicians to mandate what tests, procedures, or medicines must be provided to patients and in what timeframe.

The bill does contain exemptions for rape or incest victims or if the fetus has fatal abnormalities.


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15 comments
T.J. Cookwell
T.J. Cookwell

If I were a fetus, I would want to be aborted. It would guarantee me a ticket straight to heaven and paradise.  

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. 

x10
x10

And what happens when the abortion is emergency medical to save the woman's life? They gotta get a sonogram and wait a day tempting death?

guest0213
guest0213

What's to stop someone from saying they were raped just so they don't have to take the sonogram?

Desmondintutu
Desmondintutu

"Ensuring Texans have access to all the information when making such an important decision is a critical step in our efforts to protect life,....."

Perry and Patrick must think women are already as dumb as they're trying to make them by cutting education funding.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Smaller government I see.

Rusty Wirehanger
Rusty Wirehanger

So ladies, the next time you're at the gynocologist - just put your feet up, sit back, relax, and picture Dan Patrick's smiling face.

Dude!!!
Dude!!!

I can't wait until reality smacks the smile off of Dan Patrick's face. Too bad his constituents are dumber than fence posts.

Schwarzestiefel
Schwarzestiefel

Love how those Republicans are getting government out of people's lives.

AnsonW
AnsonW

The fetus is an "Innocent Soul", you see, as opposed to the woman who is corrupted by original sin. Advantage: fetus.

Thenonymous
Thenonymous

They could all claim to have been raped by Dan Patrick!

Patdandrick
Patdandrick

Dan Patrick: dyed hair, capped teeth, botoxed face, formerly bankrupt sports-bar owner: A red state's real McCoy politician.

Justsayin
Justsayin

Why not? Stalinists love lying in their political smears.

GWEST
GWEST

YOUR MOMMA loves it when Stalinists smear stuff on her!

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