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Posts tagged ultrasound

Apr 9 '14

ppaction:

The Missouri legislature is pushing through yet another extreme, dangerous, completely non-medical bill to cut off women’s access to safe and legal abortion—and shame and hurt women who seek it out. Let’s be clear: This is about politics, not about women’s health.

HB 1613 is an extreme bill that forces women to endure a mandatory ultrasound and receive inaccurate medical information, as well as triples the state’s mandatory waiting period, senselessly forcing abortions later in pregnancy and putting women’s health at risk. It’s political intusion at its worst—and in the courts, bills like this one are a losing game.

Missouri only has one abortion clinic to serve the entire state. The waiting period would force patients to undergo later abortions to fit the two appointments in, along with travel time and getting time off work. Not only that, it would prolong the agony of those who need abortions because of severe fetal abnormalities or a threat to their health.

I can’t figure out what’s up next for this bill and where we can direct our efforts. Until I do, you can join NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri on their next lobby day, May 2, and Missourians can contact their representatives in the Senate and the House and tell them to vote no on the Ultrasound Informed Consent Act.

Jan 17 '14
"The Supreme Court has never held that a state has the power to compel a health care provider to speak, in his or her own voice, the
state’s ideological message in favor of carrying a pregnancy to term, and this Court declines to do so today."
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Aug 18 '12
liberal-life-and-randomness:

bebinn:

monotonousmoron:

This year, Virginia became the 8th state requiring a woman to get an ultrasound before having an abortion. #ProLife (Taken with Instagram)

Typical of anti-choicers not to understand or care about consent.
Typical of anti-choicers not to understand or care about the increased cost to patients and clinics, forcing clinics to cut down on non-abortion services.
Typical of anti-choicers not to understand or care about how waiting periods negatively affect people’s jobs and child care, or put people in danger from abusive partners.
Typical of anti-choicers not to understand or care about adding to the “trauma” of abortion they love to crow about.
Typical of condescending, paternalistic anti-choicers not to trust us to make our own decisions on our own time.
Oh yeah, I’m definitely feeling that pro-life love.

Aren’t the ultrasounds transvaginal? As in, the patient is getting penetrated by a device that they may or may not want inside of them? As in, things like consentual sex and abortion are not invasive because they’re what the person WANTED, as opposed to something that is being forced on them?

Virginia’s aren’t transvaginal (they tried and failed), but Texas has required transvaginal ultrasounds for almost a year, and North Carolina’s law is on hold by a judge. Oklahoma’s was thankfully struck down by a judge in March.
Transvaginal ultrasound requirements were a political fad that sputtered out in the spring. However, Paul Ryan, the GOP’s vice president pick, has a 100% anti-choice voting record, including forced ultrasounds. I bet he’d love to mandate forced transvaginal ultrasounds across the country if he couldn’t get his way banning all abortions outright.

liberal-life-and-randomness:

bebinn:

monotonousmoron:

This year, Virginia became the 8th state requiring a woman to get an ultrasound before having an abortion. #ProLife (Taken with Instagram)

Typical of anti-choicers not to understand or care about consent.

Typical of anti-choicers not to understand or care about the increased cost to patients and clinics, forcing clinics to cut down on non-abortion services.

Typical of anti-choicers not to understand or care about how waiting periods negatively affect people’s jobs and child care, or put people in danger from abusive partners.

Typical of anti-choicers not to understand or care about adding to the “trauma” of abortion they love to crow about.

Typical of condescending, paternalistic anti-choicers not to trust us to make our own decisions on our own time.

Oh yeah, I’m definitely feeling that pro-life love.

Aren’t the ultrasounds transvaginal? As in, the patient is getting penetrated by a device that they may or may not want inside of them? As in, things like consentual sex and abortion are not invasive because they’re what the person WANTED, as opposed to something that is being forced on them?

Virginia’s aren’t transvaginal (they tried and failed), but Texas has required transvaginal ultrasounds for almost a year, and North Carolina’s law is on hold by a judge. Oklahoma’s was thankfully struck down by a judge in March.

Transvaginal ultrasound requirements were a political fad that sputtered out in the spring. However, Paul Ryan, the GOP’s vice president pick, has a 100% anti-choice voting record, including forced ultrasounds. I bet he’d love to mandate forced transvaginal ultrasounds across the country if he couldn’t get his way banning all abortions outright.

Aug 18 '12
monotonousmoron:

This year, Virginia became the 8th state requiring a woman to get an ultrasound before having an abortion. #ProLife (Taken with Instagram)

Typical of anti-choicers not to understand or care about consent.
Typical of anti-choicers not to understand or care about the increased cost to patients and clinics, forcing clinics to cut down on non-abortion services.
Typical of anti-choicers not to understand or care about how waiting periods negatively affect people’s jobs and child care, or put people in danger from abusive partners.
Typical of anti-choicers not to understand or care about adding to the “trauma” of abortion they love to crow about.
Typical of condescending, paternalistic anti-choicers not to trust us to make our own decisions on our own time.
Oh yeah, I’m definitely feeling that pro-life love.

monotonousmoron:

This year, Virginia became the 8th state requiring a woman to get an ultrasound before having an abortion. #ProLife (Taken with Instagram)

Typical of anti-choicers not to understand or care about consent.

Typical of anti-choicers not to understand or care about the increased cost to patients and clinics, forcing clinics to cut down on non-abortion services.

Typical of anti-choicers not to understand or care about how waiting periods negatively affect people’s jobs and child care, or put people in danger from abusive partners.

Typical of anti-choicers not to understand or care about adding to the “trauma” of abortion they love to crow about.

Typical of condescending, paternalistic anti-choicers not to trust us to make our own decisions on our own time.

Oh yeah, I’m definitely feeling that pro-life love.

May 1 '12
Apr 28 '12
walk4choicesea:

Total anti-choice measures enacted in 2011:
26 states enacted 69 anti-choice measures in 2011.
Arizona, Florida, and Kansas enacted the most antichoice legislation in 2011, with five measures each.
Since 1995, states have enacted 713 anti-choice measures.
Anti-choice measures enacted in 2011 included:
Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, and Oklahoma enacted pre-viability bans on abortion care after 20 weeks. None of these laws includes an adequate exception to protect women’s health or for cases in which the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest. These laws are clearly designed as a challenge to Roe v. Wade.
Eight states - Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Utah, and Virginia - passed abortion-coverage bans. Some of these measures ban coverage of abortion in the state’s health-insurance exchange; others prohibit abortion coverage in the state’s entire private insurance market.
Seven states enacted laws restricting state funds from going to Planned Parenthood or to any health center that provides abortion care: Indiana, Kansas, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. These attacks took several forms, ranging from a New Hampshire executive-council decision to refuse to honor an existing contract with Planned Parenthood to budget bills that barred Planned Parenthood from receiving any state funds.
Kansas and Virginia imposed onerous regulations on abortion providers that are intended to shut down all clinics that offer abortion care. In Kansas, providers were given only two weeks to comply with numerous new construction and facilities requirements that are wholly unrelated to patient safety. In Virginia, the state now will regulate first-trimester abortion clinics as a type of hospital. This regulatory scheme includes extensive requirements that are impossible to meet without extensive renovations or new construction.
Arizona passed a law that removes the charitable tax status of any organization that provides, refers for, or provides coverage of abortion. The measure is so broad that it could sweep in any hospital or non-profit health center that refers for abortion as a standard of care or a non-profit organization that provides its employees with a comprehensive health plan that includes abortion coverage.
Arizona became the first state in the nation to enact a measure that imposes criminal penalties on doctors who provide abortion care with the knowledge that race or sex is a factor in the woman’s decision.
South Dakota passed a first-of-its-kind biased-counseling mandate. Of the law’s many onerous provisions, it requires a woman seeking abortion care to submit to an in-person lecture at a so-called crisis pregnancy center, many of which are biased, anti-choice, anticontraception facilities. The law also includes a precedent-setting 72-hour mandatory delay before care. This law has been temporarily enjoined pending the conclusion of ongoing litigation.
Source: http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/government-and-you/state-governments/key-findings-threats-to-choice.html

These new laws restrict the rights of all people who can get pregnant, not just cis women.

walk4choicesea:

Total anti-choice measures enacted in 2011:

  • 26 states enacted 69 anti-choice measures in 2011.
  • Arizona, Florida, and Kansas enacted the most antichoice legislation in 2011, with five measures each.
  • Since 1995, states have enacted 713 anti-choice measures.

Anti-choice measures enacted in 2011 included:

  • Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, and Oklahoma enacted pre-viability bans on abortion care after 20 weeks. None of these laws includes an adequate exception to protect women’s health or for cases in which the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest. These laws are clearly designed as a challenge to Roe v. Wade.
  • Eight states - Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Utah, and Virginia - passed abortion-coverage bans. Some of these measures ban coverage of abortion in the state’s health-insurance exchange; others prohibit abortion coverage in the state’s entire private insurance market.
  • Seven states enacted laws restricting state funds from going to Planned Parenthood or to any health center that provides abortion care: Indiana, Kansas, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. These attacks took several forms, ranging from a New Hampshire executive-council decision to refuse to honor an existing contract with Planned Parenthood to budget bills that barred Planned Parenthood from receiving any state funds.
  • Kansas and Virginia imposed onerous regulations on abortion providers that are intended to shut down all clinics that offer abortion care. In Kansas, providers were given only two weeks to comply with numerous new construction and facilities requirements that are wholly unrelated to patient safety. In Virginia, the state now will regulate first-trimester abortion clinics as a type of hospital. This regulatory scheme includes extensive requirements that are impossible to meet without extensive renovations or new construction.
  • Arizona passed a law that removes the charitable tax status of any organization that provides, refers for, or provides coverage of abortion. The measure is so broad that it could sweep in any hospital or non-profit health center that refers for abortion as a standard of care or a non-profit organization that provides its employees with a comprehensive health plan that includes abortion coverage.
  • Arizona became the first state in the nation to enact a measure that imposes criminal penalties on doctors who provide abortion care with the knowledge that race or sex is a factor in the woman’s decision.
  • South Dakota passed a first-of-its-kind biased-counseling mandate. Of the law’s many onerous provisions, it requires a woman seeking abortion care to submit to an in-person lecture at a so-called crisis pregnancy center, many of which are biased, anti-choice, anticontraception facilities. The law also includes a precedent-setting 72-hour mandatory delay before care. This law has been temporarily enjoined pending the conclusion of ongoing litigation.

Source: http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/government-and-you/state-governments/key-findings-threats-to-choice.html

These new laws restrict the rights of all people who can get pregnant, not just cis women.

Apr 14 '12

Update on Forced Ultrasound Laws

rhrealitycheck:

Virginia is now the 8th state with forced ultrasounds before abortion. When it passed its law, it joined Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas

Texas has the harshest forced ultrasound law currently in effect. As Andrea Grimes reported,

“Texas has the most extreme law that’s being enforced right now,” says the Center For Reproductive Rights’ Julie Rikelman, the lead attorney on the CRR’s lawsuit filed against the Texas legislation. Despite the sympathetic leanings of a federal district judge who initially ruled on the case, the suit has more or less been stalled by a vehemently anti-choice Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which denied the CRR’s requested injunction against enforcement last month.  Now, that means that all aspects of the law—mandated ultrasounds, 24-hour waiting periods, and forced speech—are now in full force in Texas.

Oklahoma’s forced ultrasound bill, which was similar to TX’s, was struck down by a federal court recently.

North Carolina, which also has passed a harsh TX-style forced ultrasound bill, is unable to enforce their law pending a court decision.

Pennsylvania’s forced ultrasound bill is officially kaput, at least for this year.

And, as Robin Marty reports, Iowa:

What is the difference between a traffic light camera and a mandatory trans-vaginal ultrasound?  One is a violation of privacy, according to Iowa legislators.

Can you guess which?

The Iowa legislature is considering banning traffic cameras due to “privacy concerns.”  And those who are arguing for the ban are the same who think all women should be forced to undergo forced ultrasounds prior to an abortion.

These laws will affect all those with the ability to become pregnant.

Apr 3 '12
Apr 2 '12

It’s Day 184 of Texas having IN PRACTICE FORCED TRANSVAGINAL ULTRASOUNDS.

keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus:

I was under mistaken impression that the injunction against the ultrasound law stopped the transvaginal part until 5th Circuit Court of Appeals said law had to go into effect in February (even that was wrong - the entire bill was enforceable in January with guidelines for bill given in February).

Nope. I contacted the Center for Reproductive Rights who informed me that ALL forced ultrasounds in Texas, including transvaginal ones, were enforceable under TX law starting on October 1, 2011. 

We’ve had 184 days of them here. ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY FOUR DAYS.

When Virginia’s governor announced that TVU’s were too extreme for VA to even consider as part of legislation, we were already on day 144 of them IN PRACTICE here in Texas.

I wrote about Texas’ forced ultrasounds for Global Comment that explains this all in more detail.

Mar 28 '12
Mar 27 '12