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On Behalf Of Governor Rick Perry, The GOP Base & The Tea Party

March 18, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re unfamiliar with the new Texas law that was passed, it’s considerably more graphic and disturbing than the cartoon strip. As Nicholas Kristof explains in the New York Times, a woman seeking an abortion in Texas now must “endure an ultrasound probe inserted into her vagina. Then she listens to the audio thumping of the fetal heartbeat and watches the fetus on an ultrasound screen” while a doctor shows and explains various fetal body parts and has her sign a document acknowledging this…then she must go home, wait 24 hours, then return to have the abortion. Kristof quotes Dr. Curtis Boyd, a Texas abortion provider who describes the law as “state sanctioned abuse.” Dr. Boyd says:

It borders on a definition of rape. Many states describe rape as putting any object into an orifice against a person’s will. Well, that’s what this is. A woman is coerced to do this, just as I’m coerced….The new law is demeaning and disrespectful to the women of Texas, and insulting to the doctors and nurses who care for them.

Kristof also regards the law as “state-sanctioned rape” and says Alabama, Kentucky, Rhode Island and Mississippi are also considering similar legislation. He adds, “And what else do you call it when states mandate invasive probes in women’s bodies?”

In comparison to the actual legislation, the Doonesbury Texas sonogram storyline is quite tame.

The cartoons came from here.

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