Breaking News From The Mo’Fuckery And Bullshit Desk

First, the goodish news: ultrasounds don’t actually do shit to coerce women not to have abortions, they’re just a stupid hassle. From the American Independent:

But as more states inject mandatory ultrasound policies into their abortion laws, a group of scientists is attempting to influence the debate with new research showing that ultrasounds, while useful and informative, do not directly influence a woman’s decision to have an abortion, at least not in most cases. The research team has also found evidence of instances when anti-abortion pregnancy centers have misdiagnosed how far along a woman is in her pregnancy, potentially in an effort to delay or prevent an abortion.

BUT OH WELL Texas will keep requiring them anyway, because Judge Sam Sparks says his hands are tied by the anti-choice Fifth Circuit Court Of Appeals. Via the Washington Post:

A federal judge in Austin said Monday that he couldn’t block a Texas law requiring women to have a sonogram before having an abortion any longer because an appeals court had ordered it to take effect.

District Judge Sam Sparks earlier ruled parts of the law unconstitutional, but his latest ruling said he’s bound to follow the direction of the New Orleans-based appeals court, which said last month it believed the law to be constitutional.

Sparks wrote in his ruling that the law is still some bullshit. I’m paraphrasing, via the Austin-American Statesman:

Sparks wrote that he remained convinced that the law violates the U.S. Constitution by infringing on doctor’s free speech rights and by impairing the exercise of their medical judgment.

But Sparks added that his hands were tied by a higher-court decision, issued last month by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, that expressly found the sonogram requirement to be constitutionally sound and a reasonable regulation of medicine.

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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2 Responses to Breaking News From The Mo’Fuckery And Bullshit Desk

  1. moiv says:

    Bloody-minded antiabortion fanatics are the only people who don’t know that seeing a sonogram won’t send what crisis pregnancy centers call an “abortion-minded” woman screaming for the nearest exit. As one woman recently said to me, “I’ve got four little boys. Does Rick Perry really think I don’t know what a sonogram looks like?”

    But the sane among us know that this law has nothing at all to do with sonograms, since an ultrasound scan prior to the procedure has been a standard component of providing abortion care since the 1980s. A woman has always been free to view the screen if she chose, or to decline. In my 19 years as a patient advocate in this field, I have explained the sometimes hard-to-decipher features of her sonogram to any woman who wanted that detailed information, and have provided a copy for her to take home if she wanted one. If a woman preferred not to have that information, we have respected her decision.

    Until now, we have managed to do all of that without exposing our patients to the feelings of intimidation or humiliation now imposed by the intrusion of theocratic officialdom. As of today, we can accept a woman’s refusal only after compelling her to sign a legal document attesting to her status as a victim of rape or other violence. Otherwise the state will have its way with her, and we are forced by law to act as its agent. None of this is conducive to providing medical care in an atmosphere of trust and support.

    Over the years, I have talked with thousands of women who were contemplating or seeking an abortion. But until now, the words “Ihre papiere, bitte” had never passed my lips.

    Alas, no more.

  2. Pingback: Backlash Against Forced Transvaginal Ultrasound Laws Gain Steam | HAY LADIES!

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