Texas's New Sonogram Law Is Going Into Effect Immediately. As In: Right Now.

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Just four days after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Rick Perry's favorite law -- the one requiring women to get a sonogram, listen to a fetal heartbeat and hear a verbal description from a doctor of the sonogram image before they can get an abortion -- is street legal, the court issued a one-page order today allowing the law to go into effect, like, right now. When we spoke to Planned Parenthood representatives earlier this week, they were under the impression they would have at least two weeks to come into compliance with the law, but it appears that's not the case this time.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office requested the ruling only yesterday; it was handed down moments ago. Nevertheless, a hearing for a permanent injunction on the law is scheduled for next Friday. The full (terse) doc is below, for your leisurely perusal.

1-13-12 Order Issuing Mandate


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Jilly
Jilly

Here's a thought- and we can all rally around this:  if you are against abortions, DON'T have one.  Legislating morality hasn't worked since the Garden of Eden.  

Oh- and if you are going to 'post', have a point.  OK?

Rooster
Rooster

This is what frosts my ass about this whole ordeal....

Regardless of your views on abortion, in the state of Texas we’re laying off teachers, our schools are shit, our roads aren’t any better, we’re staring down a massive deficit….

…..and THIS is what the clowns down in Austin decided to concentrate on in the last legislative session?

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

If Rick Perry is so concerned about saving unborn babies lives, why doesn't he spend money, time, resources on MAKING BIRTH CONTROL EASILY AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE! Pass out condoms everywhere! Play episodes of Maury Povitch's "You are NOT the father" for the young and impressionable to see! Make it easy for girls under 18 to go to places like Planned Parenthood to GET BIRTH CONTROL PILLS. It's not fckin rocket science. If you want to cut down on unplanned pregnancies/abortions, then focus on birth control.

Crap Detector
Crap Detector

Between this and the HPV vaccine mandate, I get the feeling this gov isn't too friendly towards women! What next...burkas????

Ray3616
Ray3616

Bless God for Rick Perry 

Wes Scott
Wes Scott

It always amazes me how the party that constantly tells us that we need LESS government in our lives is the very same party to always push for MORE government in our lives, especially our personal lives. It also amazes me how utterly stupid anybody has to be to buy into the lies of the GOP. And, just so you know, I personally oppose abortion, but I strongly believe that it is a decision best left to a family, their doctor and their personal beliefs. It is not my business what others do with their own bodies.

RTGolden
RTGolden

If I was still a Republican voter, instead of a thinking conservative, this would have pushed me away from the party.  I don't think I have strayed from a good conservative position as much as the Republicans have run off someplace to the right of Genghis Khan.I still maintain, push abortion out of the picture, and this is a law allowing the state to impose a particular moral, a specific value, into our very consciousness.  It makes no allowance for free religious association (or no religious association at all), it violates the right of the citizens to be secure in and of themselves.  In effect, it establishes state favoritism of a singular, specific religiously held belief, to the detriment of free will and personal determination.The religious right makes a lot of noise about President Obama being socialist or communist, and they may be correct in some of those assumptions.  However, enacting a state law that establishes moral conduct may be the highest degree of communistic 'state as god' mentality since we enacted state mandated agricultural price supports and allowed the farming cooperatives to rape the populace to the tune of billions of dollars per year.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

This just in from the governor himself, via statement dispatched by his office:

"The sooner we start providing sonograms to those considering abortions, the more lives we can save. The Fifth Circuit's decision requires abortion providers to immediately comply with the sonogram law, appropriately allowing Texas to enforce the will of our state, which values and protects the sanctity of life."

MattL1
MattL1

I still don't understand the point of this.

Augie
Augie

This is 100% about pandering to religious right.  Consider yourselves pandered to. You can bet that Perry, Abbot and most other R Texan politicians will thump their chests mightily as they proudly talk about this law.  They will strut about now that they make typically young, economically challenged, often minority mothers take what is certainly one of the most difficult decisions of their lives and turn it into a nightmare they will never forget as long as they live.  

Daniel
Daniel

The doctor could be a bit of a prankster and describe Fred Flintstone instead.

lorlee
lorlee

I'm still curious who pays for this and does anyone have any idea of what the cost will be?

Guest
Guest

The AG is sure hot to get this law into effect.

Let's see, the AG earns praise and monetary grants for his child support collection efforts, and here he is vigorously fighting for a law that could, conceivably, produce more child support cases for his office to pursue (while they absolutely refuse to pursue parents who ignore the other aspects of child custody agreements because there's no money in that, i.e. the "kids need time with both parents so let's write visitation in there" part).

It all comes together.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Next up Prevention of Conception . No that's not right .Prevention of Conception Prevention.Ah Yes that's right .

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

They do not even like birth control pills. They are just plain messed up as far as sex is concerned. That and they can't keep their noses out of others business either.

Sybil
Sybil

Planned Parenthood should mount a campaign to buy blindfolds and iPods.

Sa
Sa

I think this is the only post of yours on this website that I've ever agreed with.

Maybe I should check that I'm current on my meds.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

At what point do we lose the distinction between extreme right-wing fascist authoritarianism and extreme left-wing socialist authoritarianism?

Right here, apparently.  The far right fringe has curved so far that they're lefties.  The State can do no wrong, and it's all for our own good, no matter who it hurts.

Ryan Redwood
Ryan Redwood

"allowing Texas to enforce the will of our state, which values and protects the sanctity of life."  Hmm.......and we lead the nation in state executions, 477 executed since 1976.  Gotta love Texas, a whole other country.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

"The sooner we start providing sonograms"

Unless the governor has a frog in is pocket it sounds like the state is going to pony up the funds.

Sa
Sa

Yeah.  Aren't we proud of the Lege and gov for enacting a law requiring mental torture of medical patients? 

Not to mention, if the pregnancy is less than 12 weeks, the sonogram probe must be inserted in the patient's vagina.  Yeah, the Leg has required by law an intrusive medical procedure.

So, small government, anyone?

Sa
Sa

No idea what the cost is, but the patient, or her insurance, if any, pays for it.  No tax $ from any level go to pay for abortions unless pregnancy is due to rape or incest or endangers life of the mother. This is federal law.

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

Yea what's more big government than making poor people make more poor people, then feel quilty when they don't make more poor people

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

A real poverty hating republican should dispense abortions, vasectameies, and tiring up tubes food truck style roaming the city. Free ! Hell no we will give you a $50 gift card to wal Mart each time you come in

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