Bethany Anderson over at Frontburner mentions something that stood out to me in her blog post about trying to understand the mandatory sonogram bills in the Texas lege right now. She asked Rep. Rafael Anchia’s communications guy, Timothy Dickey, what gives:
As it stands, the House version apparently requires a sonogram, but the woman is not required to look. So far, apparently, they want the sonograms to be free, but they’ve built no funding into the bill for it. When I talked to Dickey yesterday, he said they were still debating who would pay — and that so far, the woman would, but she’d also be given a list of clinics that offer the service for free, or that accept Medicaid.
Someone help me think this through. The GOP doesn’t want public funding for abortions. Hell, they don’t even want public funding for the 97 percent of Planned Parenthood that doesn’t provide abortions. But they potentially do want Medicaid to fund pre-abortion sonograms? Or they want free clinics to provide the service?
The clinics that would/could provide this service for free would, in at least some part to my mind, be funded by Title X, right? Yes, that Title X. The Title X the national-level GOP wants to defund. And considering using Medicaid funding for a pre-abortion sonogram actually recommends the use of federal money to enable a woman to lawfully obtain an abortion. Am I getting this right? Conservative lawmakers are mandating that women undergo a procedure that at least in some cases will have to be funded someway, somehow, with taxpayer dollars in order to lawfully obtain an abortion?
Don’t get me wrong. I love the idea of the Texas GOP legislating themselves into a corner wherein they’ve actually required the public to pay for a part of the legal abortion process. It’s kind of beautiful, actually. BUT SERIOUSLY WTF.