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Texas Forced Sonogram Bill Is About The Power To Force A Woman To Do Something Against Her Will

The Texas State Senate has the votes to pass bill that forces women seeking an abortion to get a sonogram.

With Republicans in firm ontrol of the Texas House and with Governor Perry ready to sign the legislation, it seems that this bill will soon become law.

Here are facts on the bill from The Texas Tribune

“…..a doctor would have to describe to a woman the details of a sonogram hours before performing the abortion. The doctor would show the woman the sonogram and play the heartbeat audibly, unless the patient opts out. Even if the patient opts out, the doctor would have to describe the development of the fetus, including its dimensions. Women with fetal abnormalities, or who have been a victim of rape or incest, are given an exception.”

What if a woman refuses this procedure?  Will police officers be called to force her against her will to get this sonogram?

Texas libertarians appear to be silent on this issue of forced medical procedures on free citizens.

What medical procedures will the state force next on free people?

Many who oppose Healthcare Reform say it is wrong to force people to buy health insurance. Now these same conservatives in Texas want to force specific medical procedures on women.

Planned budget cuts in the Texas legislature are targeting education and healthcare.

People who are already here don’t matter so much.

This forced sonogram bill has as much to with abortion as rape has to do with sex.

This bill is about the power of government to make women do something against their will.

It is all about power over women and nothing to do with protecting life.

February 18, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , ,


  1. “This bill has as much to with abortion as rape has to do with sex.”

    I assume you mean it’s a defining element, without which the concept loses its meaning.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | February 18, 2011

  2. Assume away. The bill is about power over women.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 18, 2011

  3. Amen Neil. Conservatives scream about smaller government and less intrusion. Deciding what you can’t do with your body and forcing medical procedures are about as intrusive as you can get.

    Comment by SpinnyLiberal | February 18, 2011

  4. Deciding what you can’t do with your body

    I want to decline insurance on my body. Can I do that?

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | February 26, 2011

  5. Go ahead.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 26, 2011

  6. Sure. The only thing we have to do is die. You don’t have to pay for it, but that will have consequences.

    Comment by SpinnyLiberal | February 26, 2011

  7. Who is going to pay for these $300 sonograms? What will stop married couples from “thinking” about an abortion in order to get a sonogram free for them and paid for by Texas taxpayers? This total invasion of liberty will backfire.

    Comment by CommonSense | March 4, 2011

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