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Republican Judge Rules Against Rick Perry’s Forced Sonogram Law

A federal judge has ruled against much of the Texas Forced Sonogram law that was signed into law in 2011 by Texas Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry.

This law forces an unwanted sonogram on women seeking a legal abortion in Texas. It forces doctors to discuss the results of the sonogram with these women.

If the State of Texas and Rick Perry can force one type of unwanted medical procedure on free citizens, what stops the state from forcing any type of unwanted medical procedure on free citizens?

How can it be that the individual mandate to purchase health insurance that is part of President Obama’s Health Care Reform is an intrusion into people’s freedom as Republicans often assert, but Rick Perry can tell women and doctors what to do in the most private and personal of  concerns?

Here is the Houston Chronicle story on the Forced Sonogram ruling.

It should also be noted that thew judge in this case, Sam Sparks, was appointed by Republican President George H.W. Bush.

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August 31, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. “If the State of Texas and Rick Perry can force one type of unwanted medical procedure on free citizens, what stops the state from forcing any type of unwanted medical procedure on free citizens?”

    The legislature and its bosses.

    Uh, I mean, I guess nothing does! Next thing you know, infants will be stabbed with needles at the behest of the state, chemicals will be added to food, water and seasonings, and children (with their parents absent) will be subjected to medical screening by government agents.

    I’m in favor of vaccination, food enrichment and school screenings, by the way. And I’ve weighed them enough to realize that the slippery-slope argument is silly.

    Just out of curiosity, though, what medical procedures are you worried about? What are you afraid the Legislature will mandate?

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | August 31, 2011


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