Yesterday, Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, signed yet another law that demonstrates how phony are the Republican demands for smaller government.
Now in Texas women can’t get an abortion until they first undergo a sonogram. For God’s sake people, the government is forcing them to get a sonogram. And if women don’t want to see the sonogram image or hear the “heartbeat,” their doctor must—that means the use of government force—describe the image, including the size of the embryo or fetus and whether it has organs or limbs.
All over the country, Republicans, who were elected to office promising smaller government and jobs, jobs, jobs, have been using their large state legislative majorities in conjunction with their governorships to essentially overturn Roe V. Wade through unprecedented intrusions into doctor-patient relationships and through burdensome requirements.
And where is the outrage? Especially from women, who value not only their reproductive rights, but their right not to be forced to undergo unwanted medical procedures?
To the right is a photo of Texas State Rep. Carol Alvarado, who opposed the law, as she displays a vaginal probe during a floor debate in March over the law Perry signed yesterday. The vaginal probe, which is used to produce the clearest sonograms in the earlier stages of pregnancy, may now become an instrument of Republican governance.
Think about that.
And if that doesn’t outrage women—as well as men—then apparently nothing will.
The following is a description of the transvaginal procedure, which Texas women seeking or contemplating an abortion may be forced—by Texas Republicans in control of the government—to undergo:
You will lie down on a table with your knees bent and feet in holders called stirrups. The health care provider will place a probe, called a transducer, into the vagina. The probe is covered with a condom and a gel. The probe sends out sound waves, which reflect off body structures. A computer receives these waves and uses them to create a picture. The doctor can immediately see the picture on a nearby TV monitor.