Seems Texas, the "small government state" and supposedly endorising the GOP's "government should not come between a patient and his/her doctor" is pursuing the same intrusive legislation, to be signed (it's expected) immediately by the TX governor:
From Joe.My.God blog site:
TEXAS: Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring Sonograms Before Abortions
Today the Texas legislature finalized a bill that requires doctors to take a sonogram and offer to show the image to the patient before performing an abortion. Gov. Rick Perry is expected to sign the bill immediately.
The bill requires a doctor to conduct a sonogram at least 24 hours before an abortion and to give the woman the opportunity to see the results and hear the heartbeat of the fetus. Though the woman can choose not to view the images and hear the heartbeat, the doctor must describe what the sonogram shows, including the existence of legs, arms and internal organs. “This will be one of the strongest pieces of sonogram legislation in the nation,” the bill’s author, Representative Sid Miller, a Republican from Stephenville, told reporters. Mr. Miller predicted the measure would “save numerous unborn lives.” Because the measures passed both houses of the Legislature with a two-thirds majority, it will go into effect as soon as the governor signs it.
The only purpose I can see in this is to invoke guilt on the woman, purely a guilt move inserting this mandatory sonogram into something that is the woman's decision, according to the US Supreme Court.
A pregnant woman already knows what's inside her (or did we cancel sex education too early?), has to make a terribly difficult decision, and should not have something like this imposed.
And by the way, who is going to pay for the mandatory sonograms? The GOP? There are also so many other arguments about compelling a woman (really that's what the legislators want) to give birth regardless, and then what does that do potentially to the welfare budget (plenty of low income mothers cannot afford health care insurance, the abortion, the sonogram, and bringing a baby into the world - perhaps unwanted, unable to care for it, and may have to put it into an orphanage -- where I'm sure the righteous will spring forward to adopt these unwanted babies. Or will they? It seems so many are concerned about the fetus, but once it's born, FU.
I think TX and FL legislation like this is despicable.