"It is ironic that many of the same people who zealously defend the state’s righteous duty to become intimately involved in a woman’s decision to get an abortion are also positively scandalized at the government’s gross overreaching in the area of health care."
District Court Judge Sam Sparks, TEXAS MEDICAL PROVIDERS PERFORMING ABORTION SERVICES, et al. v. DAVID LAKEY, M.D., Court File No. A-11-CA-486-SS, United States District Court, W.D. Texas, Austin Division, August 30, 2011, granting the preliminary injunction against the enforcement of the Texas statute requiring women seeking a legal medical procedure to undergo unnecessary and invasive procedures. In granting the preliminary injunction, Judge Sparks pointed specifically to the forced speech requirements of the law. The law requires doctors - under pain of losing their licenses to practice medicine - to give a description of the sonogram that follows a script designed to convince a woman to not proceed to terminate a pregnancy.
Judge Sparks' decision in that matter was overturned yesterday by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, in an opinions that characterized the concerns of the abortion providers as "trivial" and referred to the zygote inside a woman's body as "her child."
Pictured above is an illustration of precisely how much the Texas legislature and Governor Rick "time to end the nanny state" Perry want to keep governmental intrusions out of your life.
Update: MNO's post reminded me of this Bachmann quote, one of the favorites at Drinking Liberally in Minneapolis. S