Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Life Links 8/31/11

U.S. District Court Judge Sam Sparks has ruled that parts of Texas' ultrasound law violate the Constitution.
He ordered that the state cannot impose penalties against doctors who don't fulfill its requirements.

"The Act's onerous requirements will surely dissuade or prevent many competent doctors from performing abortions, making it significantly more difficult for pregnant women to obtain abortions," wrote Sparks, granting the temporary injunction. "Forcing pregnant women to receive medical treatment from less-skilled providers certainly seems to be at odds with 'protecting the physical and psychological health and well-being of pregnant women,' one of the Act's stated purposes."
Well, now we know Judge Sparks knows next to nothing about who provides abortions. It's not like there's a slew of competent abortionists who are going to stop providing abortions because they have to describe ultrasound images to women. Second, if they can't take the time to describe an ultrasound, are they really that competent?

Here's the ruling. Texas' attorney general has already filed a motion to appeal the ruling.

A judge is Kansas has ordered the state to continue funding Planned Parenthood on a quarterly basis while a state law barring them from funding is enjoined.

LOL Quote of the Week from NARAL's Ted Miller discussing Virginia's abortion clinic regulations:
"Abortion providers are already the most regulated health care providers in the state....." he said.

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