This week the Texas legislature passed “informed consent” House Bill 15, which is one Rick Perry’s signature away from becoming law. Among a number of restrictive requirements, the law requires women to wait 24 hours between a mandatory sonogram and an abortion procedure–unless women live in counties with a population of 60,000 or less or live more than 100 miles from a licensed abortion provider.
If you, like me, see the ridiculousness of this compromise–struck between anti-choice bill sponsor Dan Patrick and democrat Carlos Uresti-you may be interested to read my lengthy take on the hypocrisy and out-and-out political posturing, which was published at Reproductive Health Reality Check today. There, I write:
“Uresti lent his support to HB 15 only when legislators agreed to exempt some rural-dwelling women, many of whom are included in his constituency, from the 24-hour wait period. The Uresti compromise allows women who live in counties with a population of less than 60,000 or who live more than 100 miles from a licensed abortion provider to wait only two hours between their sonogram and their procedure. So, legislators either believe that Texas women who would be required to undergo the 24-hour wait period–well over 90 percent–would need more “informed consent” than others, or they’re negotiating with women’s lives, bodies and health to score votes and save political face.”