Here are some things relevant to your interests with regard to the forced trans-vaginal sonogram bill which was passed in the last legislative session. It would have gone into effect on Thursday had the Center for Reproductive Rights not filed suit claiming, among other things, that the bill is a violation the First Amendment, in that it forces speech upon doctors. Reports the Texas Tribune on Judge Sam Sparks’ ruling:
The state cannot enforce the sonogram law — one of the most controversial issues of the 82nd legislative session — until a court rules on a suit filed against the law in June, Sparks said.
Citing First Amendment protections, Sparks struck down three requirements that would have required doctors to show women an ultrasound of the fetus, make the fetus’ heartbeat audible and describe the fetus to the woman. “The act compels physicians to advance an ideological agenda with which they may not agree, regardless of any medical necessity, and irrespective of whether the pregnant women wish to listen,” Sparks wrote in his ruling.
While you’re watching this news spread today, keep an eye on the illustrations that go along with the story. Chances are, you’ll find a photo of a very pregnant woman–when in fact, the vast majority of abortions take place in the first trimester.
For fun, go read how anti-choice Lifenews.com reported the news and how it describes the bill. (Fun example: “The legislation allows women to see the ultrasound 24 hours before the abortion,” because this is the nicest most amenable law ever, it is so allowing!)