Texas Sonogram Law Discussed on Fresh Air

The Texas sonogram law – which (in very, very basic terms) requires women seeking abortions to receive a sonogram – went into effect on Feb. 6, 2012. Austin resident Carolyn Jones had an abortion two weeks later. She wrote about her experience in a piece for the Texas Observer entitled “‘We Have No Choice’: One Woman’s Ordeal with Texas’ New Sonogram Law.”

Today, the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Jones talked to Terry Gross about the law, and its repercussions.


  • Eastside

    This is my favorite part:

    Something else we’re seeing, too, is that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission – the state agency that’s responsible for all of this – they’ve already started their projected budget for 2014 and 2015. And they have projected 24,000 extra births as a result of these cuts to the family planning budget. And they have said that their budget will need, probably, about $273 million in order to cover the costs of all of these extra births. Now, this has more than doubled the size of the family planning budget that was slashed so dramatically in 2011.

    Political views on abortion should not be interferring with medical decisions. Thanks to the conservatives, a lot more women won’t have access to basic necessaties like contraception, mammograms, and well woman exams. Sounds like maybe if you take precautions on the front end, it will probably save you money on the back end.
    And all these conservatives preach about keeping the baby. So the girl keeps the baby she didn’t want and then what? All those same conservatives now want to cut funding for all the programs that low income people, like that same girl, now need. The cycle of poverty continues.