My state representative, Dan Patrick, has proposed a law requiring women who are planning on having an abortion to have a trans-vaginal ultrasound that clearly shows the fetal heartbeat. The law would require the doctor to explain what the fetus looks like and turn up the volume to allow the woman to hear the fetal heartbeat.
This law has been declared ’emergency’ legislation by Governor Rick Perry – a procedural tool needed to fast track the legislation so it can be voted on early in session. This must be so we don’t focus on our huge budget deficit. It also needs to be passed early so everyone can forget how upset they are about it by the time the next election rolls around. Those Republicans are slick.
I haven’t always been pro-choice. Having three beautiful children – and enduring three horrific, complicated, painful and life threatening pregnancies – has changed this for me. I would never assume to tell any woman she had to completely give her body and freedom up for forty weeks. My beliefs about when a fetus is a person are my own. No one else is forced to share my beliefs. They are entitled to their own. If they choose to terminate a pregnancy, that is their own decision and I don’t discount the soul searching it must have taken to come to that point. To take that even further, if a wanted pregnancy became life-threatening to the mother or the fetus, I sure wouldn’t want the government to be involved in any decisions the doctor and patient might have to make in that situation, either.
What the Texas state legislature is doing with this law is wrong. First, abortion is a legal medical procedure. That means a woman and her doctor agree to the procedure and the government stays out of it. If the government can force a sonogram on a woman who’s seeking a legal medical procedure, can they next force a colonoscopy on a man seeking a physical? Forgive me for sounding bitter, but if men could fall pregnant this law wouldn’t have been proposed in the first place.
Second, this law assumes that a woman who has chosen an abortion made the decision so freely and without such consideration that she must just not know that a fetus might someday grown into a child anyway. Why, such small minded women simply need be reminded that a heart is beating in that little fetus! She’ll surely jump off the exam table and exclaim, “Well, mercy me! I had no idea a pregnancy could result in an actual child. Thank you so much, my Republican legislature, for helpin’ little ole me! I sure did need savin’!”
Seriously, folks. Write your representative and let them know that if they truly don’t believe in government run health care, it’s time to drop this silly bill and get to business fixing Texas’ budget woes. This is so ridiculous I can’t even believe I had to write a blog about it.