Supreme Court Blocks Texas Abortion Sonogram Law

WASHINGTON (THE TEXAS TRIBUNE) – The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to let Texas enforce its new abortion sonogram law while the measure is under appeal, following a similar ruling from a federal appeals court on Wednesday.

The abortion sonogram law, which forces women to have a sonogram and hear a description of the fetus before terminating a pregnancy, was deemed unconstitutional by an Austin district judge in August, who blocked several of its key provisions.

This leaves state leaders little legal recourse to pursue while the law makes its way through the appeals system. The measure’s opponents say that’s as it should be.

“The district court’s decision to block portions of this new law, which is intrusive and unconstitutional, was well-supported.  There is no basis for the state’s attempts to short-circuit the legal process by trying to nullify the court’s decision on an emergency basis,” said Julie Rikelman, senior staff attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights.

(Copyright 2011 The Texas Tribune.  Used with permission.)


One Comment

  1. YRofTexas says:

    Ignorance is bliss?
    Best to keep the young lady clueless as to what is going on inside her body?
    After all, according to standard secular society, it’s just a mass of tissue that, thru some fluke of DNA, turns into a human (verses a dog, cat, bird…).
    Best that our young ladies be left out of a full disclosure of information of what they are embarking upon.
    That way, 10, 20, 30 or more years from now, she can look back and say proudly “I knew what I was doing, and I made the right, educated choice!”

    What say you?

    1. Diane says:

      The whole point is that it is the woman’s choice. If she does not want to have that child, what is the point of this? If she doesn’t know what is going on inside her body, then she has other problems that need to be addressed. I am in no way pro-abortion, but I am very pro-choice. I support a woman’s right to choose, but I would never get an abortion myself. Doctor’s (and high school/college health teachers for that matter) can still try to educate women about what happens and hope for a different outcome, but it is not your decision to tell someone what she must do to her body before this procedure. This law is really stupid. You apparently do not know how invasive a sonogram can be. It sounds like you want to guilt naive women into keeping their child and living in a life of poverty (for what is most likely a majority of the women who get abortions).

  2. darrell says:

    i agree with this decision because its invasive and above the power of government to mandate.
    personally im against abortion. if its against the individuals religion that is a matter between them and God. i have also never seen any proof that god, any god, gave mankind the power to make that decision for someone else.
    it is also unconstitutional for the government to mandate the religious opinion of any group upon the public as a whole. our money may say “In God We Trust” but the government does not require you to trust in God.
    our constitution gives us the right to make choices without regard to religious beliefs. it is against ones constitutional rights to have any level of government mandate this choice for any woman of legal age who decides its in their best interests. religious conservatives have made it an agenda but that does not make it right.

  3. jake34 says:

    Another failed, albeit ridiculous, Rick Perry law.

  4. Echelon says:

    “Supreme Court Blocks [Any State’s] [Law About Anything]” (e.g.: federal government now dictates to the states) would make the founders roll over in their graves.

  5. Rick McDaniel says:

    The GOP has to stop trying to erode women’s rights. That is just anti-American.

  6. MANDY says:


  7. Pat says:

    In Texas a woman has no rights per Rick Perry and the other GOP’s here. Let’s make all young girls get a vaccination now let’s make all women go through a sonogram and listen to the heart beat. Next Perry and GOP will have women back in the kitchen and barefoot. This is taking women and their rights back to the early 20th century. I am pro-choice that it is woman has the right to choose what to do after discussions with baby daddy, husband, doctors, and her beliefs, morals, and which ever higher power she believes in.

    I do not think that many women are that stupid that they do not know what is going on in their bodies. Women are smarter than the men in Congress think they are. There are already rules in place for young girls having abortion so that is not this issue here. This is for women 18 and over having to go through something that is not necessary just to ease the minds of religious right that they tried to do something to prevent it from happening. They have no clue what the woman has gone through, what her life style is like, the financial status is, and they know nothing about each individual woman that this law would affect. A one size fits all bill does not fit all women, just like a one size fits all law that all men should be sterilized after the age of 18 would not work. Of course, the congress would not pass that bill because it would interfere with a man’s right and his lifestyle.

    1. NiteNurse says:

      I have no problem MAKING both girls and boys getting the HPV vaccine. To me it’s a potentially life threatening disease. Just because you don’t immediately get cancer after exposure doesn’t mean it won’t happen. I encourage all parents to have their kids vaccinated againist anything that will help keep your kids healthy today and in the future. HPV causes not only cervical cancer, but some oral cancers, and pen*is cancers. So please if you care about your kids get them the HPV vaccine.

  8. NiteNurse says:

    WOW! This is pretty much tells the anti-abortion people that the Supreme Court is not going to do away with a woman’s right to an abortion. I am encouraged that at least in our country a woman’s right to choose isn’t going away.

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