3.31.2012

texas anti-choice sonogram law: doonesbury cartoons and very real life

If you haven't seen the abortion-related Doonesbury cartoons that many US newspapers refused to run, you can read them here. Go Garry Go.

More importantly, if you would like to see what the Texas sonogram law means in real life to real women, you can read one woman's heartbreaking story here: 'We Have No Choice': One Woman's Ordeal with Texas' New Sonogram Law. Subtitle: "The painful decision to terminate a pregnancy is now — thanks to Texas' harsh new law — just the beginning of the torment."

Update. A doctor's resistance. Thanks to reader hhw for posting in comments.

9 comments:

impudent strumpet said...

I'm surprised they don't fudge the medical records with the patient's consent. Surely no one but the doctor and the patient can ever know for sure whether the doctor actually described the fetus to the patient.

laura k said...

It takes a lot of courage to risk losing your medical license or be criminally prosecuted. Very few people have it in them.

impudent strumpet said...

I just don't see how anyone would ever find out. It's not like they're going to get mystery shoppers.

laura k said...

There could be spies, pregnant women working for the anti-choicers.

But there also could be doctors defying the law. We won't read about them online. It would be very quiet.

hhw said...

Here's a statement from a doctor encouraging doctors to first do no harm in response to this kind of law.

laura k said...

Thanks so much, hhw. I had seen that in passing, but forgotten about it. I'm going to add it to the post.

It's possible that there are many doctors who are resisting. I could probably find out... but I won't try.

laura k said...

James has sent me a lot of good posts that respond to this travesty. Maybe he will post some here. :)

DavidHeap said...

The reader supported news link only had one day (part 1) of a series of Doonesbury cartoons on the subject. The full series (March 12-17) can be accessed at his archive: http://www.doonesbury.com/strip/archive/2012/03/12

laura k said...

Thanks, David. At Reader Supported News, under Day 1, there are links to all the subsequent dates. But of course it's excellent to have Doonesbury's archive link as well.

PS: I will get back to you after school ends, I promise.