A federal judge in Texas struck down key sections of a Texas anti-abortion law that required sonograms be given before an abortion. The law mandated that doctors be required to give the sonogram and that women be required to get it.
U-S District Judge Sam Sparks said in his ruling that the provisions in the law were unconstitutionally vague and violated the First Amendment rights of both doctors and patients.
Sparks wrote: “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.”
The ruling also struck down a requirement that allowed women to avoid seeing the sonogram images only if they signed a statement saying they were pregnant from sexual assault or incest, saying the state cannot force a woman to disclose information that she may not even wish to tell police.
Sparks was appointed 20 years ago by George H-W Bush.
One of dozens of anti-abortion laws enacted across the country, Texas’s law had been set to take effect tomorrow. The state’s attorney general says he’ll appeal the ruling.
Forcing someone to take a sonogram that is not medically indicated is the epitome of government big-brotherism, which Republicans have always been against… unless, of course, it’s a Republican doing the Big Brothering. They want small government alright –small enough to fit into every womb across America.
–And don’t sonograms cost money? Who pays for that with this law, the insurance companies or the taxpayer? Way to go on the fiscal responsibility meme.
–Yet another law that’s another example of people who’ve reached such a state of moral perfection that they can now turn their attention toward morally perfecting others.