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Call For Amnesty International To Come To Texas In Response To State-Mandated Rape Of Forced Sonogram Law

As regular readers of this blog will know, I’ve been writing often in recent weeks about the fact that the Texas forced sonogram law is state-mandated rape.

In addition to my postings here, I’ve co-written a letter to Amnesty International asking that this organization come to Texas to investigate this matter, and to take any steps they find appropriate to bring this concern to greater national and international attention. This letter was sent to Amnesty on March 26, 2012.

My co-authors on this letter were fellow Texans Amy Price and Sarah Slamen.

Here is an Amnesty mission statement from their website—

We work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. Currently the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization, we investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.

Amy, Sarah and myself believe that addressing the state-mandated rape of the Texas forced sonogram law is consistent with the purpose of Amnesty International.

It is up to everyday citizens to do the work of freedom and justice. If you’d like to be involved with fighting  this cruel law, please leave a comment  on the blog or e-mail me at naa six-one-eight@att.net.

Here is the letter—

To Amnesty International and Amnesty International USA,

In its 2011 legislative session, the state of Texas enacted the “Women’s Right to Know Act”, which states that any woman seeking a constitutionally- protected abortion must undergo an ultrasound prior to the abortion. According to a study done by the Centers for Disease Control, 88% of all abortions in the United States are conducted in the first trimester. Realistically, this bill amounts to a de facto mandate of trans-vaginal ultrasounds for Texas women seeking abortions.

A trans-vaginal ultrasound requires that a hand-held device be inserted directly into the vagina. Unless the abortion is being performed for medical reasons, Texas women can not opt-out of this procedure.

This physically coerced medical procedure qualifies as sexual assault under section 22.011 of the Texas Penal Code, which reads as follows:

A person commits an offense if the person: intentionally or knowingly causes the penetration of the anus or sexual organ of another person by any means, without that person’s consent.

It qualifies as rape under federal definition, revised this year:

Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object…without the consent of the victim.

It qualifies as rape as defined by the Word Health Organization:

Physically forced or otherwise coerced penetration – even if slight – of the vulva or anus, using a penis, other body parts or an object.

By these definitions, the State of Texas has mandated rape. To date the United States government has not intervened. The women of Texas deserve protection from this rape. The citizens of Texas should not have rape committed in their name. We, as citizens of Texas, are asking Amnesty International to investigate this human rights abuse.


Neil Aquino Amy Price Sarah Slamen

March 27, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,


  1. Who has been subjected to this procedure without consenting to it?

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | March 27, 2012

  2. As much as public shaming law in the fashion of The Scarlet Letter might suit the same folks who support state-mandated rape, the names of persons impacted by this law are not public record.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 28, 2012

  3. So, nobody. A “rape” with no victim, and thus no accuser whose claims may be examined. Whatever is asserted on the nonexistent victim’s behalf must be taken at face value. Pretty sweet rules of engagement, I have to say.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | March 28, 2012

  4. You don’t seem to be taking it at face value.

    If you evidence that the law is not being followed, please make us aware. It would be great to know.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 28, 2012

  5. If you evidence that the law is not being followed, please make us aware.

    That’s not how the burden of proof works, Neil. You’re making an affirmative statement — that people are being prodded with transducers without consenting to it. Now you may prove it.

    I’ve seen no one come forward, even anonymously, claiming to have been subjected to such treatment.

    In fact, the law (which we both assume is being obeyed) requires that a pre-abortion sonogram may not be administered until the woman reads and signs a certification that she is acting “of [her] own free will and without coercion.”

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | March 29, 2012

  6. Why do you think women would be rushing forth to discuss this?

    If she does not sign it, she cannot get the abortion that she came to clinic to get.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 29, 2012

  7. […] at Texas Liberal posted a letter he co-wrote to Amnesty International asking for Amnesty to come to Texas to consider the forced sonogram law. This law is state-mandated […]

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  8. […] ultrasound involves directly inserting a handheld device into the vagina. As my friend Neil from Texas Liberal points out, “This physically coerced medical procedure qualifies as sexual assault under […]

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  9. These criminal antiabortionists in Texas politic must be stop!
    The war on women in Texas must be stop. I am only sorry that Ron Paul who is for all freedoms is against freedom for women. He could be fine president but his anti abortion
    stand make it difficult for women like me to vote for him

    Comment by zuza | April 25, 2012

  10. Racist Ron Paul is alsa a racist.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | April 27, 2012

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