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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-16-12 01:18 AM
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The harsh reality of TX abortion law. Two parents tell their story.
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From the TX Observer:

'We Have No Choice': One Woman's Ordeal with Texas' New Sonogram Law

Instead, before Id even known I was pregnant, a molecular flaw had determined that our sons brain, spine and legs wouldnt develop correctly. If he were to make it to termsomething our doctor couldnt guaranteehed need a lifetime of medical care. From the moment he was born, my doctor told us, our son would suffer greatly.

So, softly, haltingly, my husband asked about termination. The doctor shot me a glance that said: Are you okay to hear this now? I nodded, clenched my fists and focused on the cowboy boots beneath her scrubs.

She started with an apology, saying that despite being responsible for both my babys care and my own, she couldnt take us to the final stop. The hospital with which shes affiliated is Catholic and doesnt allow abortion. It felt like a physical blow to hear that word, abortion, in the context of our much-wanted child. Abortion is a topic that never seemed relevant to me; it was something we read about in the news or talked about politically; it always remained at a safe distance. Yet now its ugly fist was hammering on my chest.

She had to have a third sonogram that day because of the law. She had seen a physician who sent her to a specialist, both gave the sonagram. Now she by law had to have another.

I dont want to have to do this at all, I told her. Im doing this to prevent my babys suffering. I dont want another sonogram when Ive already had two today. I dont want to hear a description of the life Im about to end. Please, I said, I cant take any more pain. I confess that I dont know why I said that. I knew it was fait accompli. The counselor could no more change the government requirement than I could. Yet here was a superfluous layer of torment piled upon an already horrific day, and I wanted this woman to know it.

..."Finally, my doctor folded the paper and put it away: When you come back in 24 hours, the legal side is over. Then well care for you and give you the information you need in the way we think is right.

Things like this and the mothers' health often need late term abortions. I keep remembering the picture of all the congressional men and women looking over Obama's shoulder as he signed away a woman's right to decide on a late term abortion.

President Barack Obama signs an Executive Order that reaffirms the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's consistency with longstanding restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortion, in the Oval Office, March 24, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

I for once agreed strongly with Barry Goldwater on this topic. He said it well and powerfully.

A few years later he told The Advocate, "I don't have any respect for the Religious Right. There is no place in this country for practicing religion in politics. That goes for Falwell, Robertson and all the rest of these political preachers. They are a detriment to the country."

The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of 'conservatism.' " (1909-1998) US Senator (R-Arizona) Source: Congressional Record, September 16, 1981

The signing of the executive order on abortion made me think of Goldwater.

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