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Legal Challenge To Texas Forced Sonogram Law

There is a challenge in the works to the newly-enacted Texas Forced Sonogram law.

From the Houston Chronicle

“A national abortion rights group has filed suit in federal court to stop implementation of a new Texas law that requires women seeking an abortion to undergo a sonogram and have details of the fetal image explained to them. Claiming the amendment to the state’s Woman’s Right To Know Act is unconstitutionally vague and violates physicians’ freedom of speech, the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights filed the motion for a preliminary injunction in Austin Thursday…Under the provisions of the amendment, sponsored in the Senate by Katy Republican Dan Patrick, women seeking abortions must obtain a sonogram and listen as physicians describe the image. The law also provides for women to look at the sonogram and listen to fetal heartbeats, but they have the option to decline.”

The issue here is not abortion. Abortion is legal.

The issue is that the State of Texas is forcing free citizens to undergo a medical procedure that may well not be wanted. If Texas can mandate one medical procedure, why can’t it force citizens to undergo other unwanted medical investigations and treatments?

We hear a lot about individual rights and small goverment in Texas.

It seems that these alleged beliefs don’t extend to Texas women.

Here are additional facts about the legal challenge being conducted by the Center for Reproductive Rights.

July 2, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

6 Comments »

  1. “If Texas can mandate one medical procedure, why can’t it force citizens to undergo other unwanted medical investigations and treatments?”

    You are pretending that you’re categorically against legally-required medical procedures on principle, when you’re not.

    It’s a dishonest position.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | July 3, 2011

  2. You’re not on some Barry Goldwater-era get that flouride out of my water kick? Please tell me that is not the case. And that you are not opposed to immunizations for school kids? Right?

    Comment by Neil Aquino | July 4, 2011

  3. No, I’m not, and neither are you. But you certainly pretend to be, when you make the slippery-slope argument above.

    Your question, “If Texas can mandate one medical procedure, why can’t it force citizens to undergo other unwanted medical investigations and treatments?” is valid if you think the state should not mandate any medical procedures at all. But as we’ve established, you don’t believe that.

    You don’t believe the state should not have the power to mandate medical procedures, but you pretend to, so as to provide too-clever-by-half libertarian cover for your position against the sonogram bill.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | July 4, 2011

  4. Hey Matt. You need to work on your defintions of what a medical procedure. A sonogram is a NON-INVASIVE procedure. It is the equivalent of having your temperature taken with the digital thermometer that is run across your forehead. Invasive means entering your body in some fashion. A sonogram does not do this. A sonogram is not a medical treatment. It is the equivalent of having an X-ray. It does not change anything in your body, it simple shows whats going on inside your body. Calling a sonogram a medical investigation or treatment is irresponsible. They are not the same.

    Comment by Tim F | July 5, 2011

  5. Tim, I think we’re talking past each other a bit. I agree in general with your characterization, though it’s been pointed out to me that very early sonograms are a bit more invasive than that (though less invasive than the abortion procedure they precede).

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | July 5, 2011

  6. Before you can legally drive, you are “forced” to learn traffic laws. Before you can smoke, you are “forced” to look at carcinogenic labels on a cigarette box. Before you can have an abortion…. Strange, some people are fighting to with-hold vital information. Pro-choice? And yet they do not want young mothers to make an informed choice – what kind of a “choice” is that?

    Comment by TexasMomm | August 31, 2011


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