In Texas and Va., Different Reactions to Sonogram Bills

In Texas and Va., Different Reactions to Sonogram Bills
Erich Schlegel, The Texas Tribune

POSTED: Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 5:23pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 6:01pm

The pandemonium over Virginia’s proposed abortion sonogram law — from a Saturday Night Live sketch to furious protests and intense national media coverage — bears little resemblance to the battle over Texas’ version of the law.

That’s despite some striking similarities between the two states: They’re both Republican-leaning; they both have conservative governors with national ambitions who have headed the Republican Governors Association.

But the political reality is that Texas’ abortion sonogram bill and Virginia’s abortion sonogram bill were debated at very different times, and under very different circumstances.

Though both states have Republican governors — Rick Perry in Texas and Bob McDonnell in Virginia — and Republican majorities in their legislative chambers, that doesn’t mean they’re equally red, said Matt Mackowiak, an Austin-based Republican consultant.

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Look at the device on the right above...think what mostly male legislatures want to do to this the "okay" legalized rape of a woman making a gut-wrenching decision? Sorry to be so blunt, but this is NOT okay in Texas, Virginia, or any other state being run by ultra-conservative evangelical religious factions, or any state in the US! When are good women and men of civility and justice going to stand up and say "enough"? Ladies, would YOU submit to this device being used on you?

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