Why “Informed Consent” Is About Politics, Not Saving Women–Or Children

Dan Patrick's all, "Haaaaay, ladies."

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.”

Read the rest.


About andrea grimes

Andrea is a journalist living in Austin, TX. She has a master's degree in anthropology and did her thesis work on gender and stand-up comedy. Seriously. Also, she has a bunch of cats. Three of them. Is three a bunch? Discuss.
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