Morning Roundup: Emergency! Women Must Be Forced into Ultrasounds

Two men can be listed on the birth certificates of their twins in Connecticut, Saletan looks at the Gosnell case, the “state of the unborn,” Rep. Smith’s new protected class of people, and Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) declares forced ultrasound bill to be an “emergency.”

  • The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that two gay men who used a surrogate to have their twin boys may be listed as the parents on the children’s birth certificates. A GLAD attorney involved with the case said that this, “historic decision honors the intentions of everyone involved in bringing these children into the world, and provides those children with the protection of having two legal parents from the moment of their birth.”
  • William Saletan of Slate looks at the Dr. Kermit Gosnell case, the statements of pro-choice writers and organizations, and then his (ultimately final, no more arguments allowed) opinion.
  • Marjorie Dannenfelser of Susan B. Anthony List gave a first annual “state of the unborn” speech yesterday, urging all anti-choicers to support the Chris Smith’s radical anti-abortion bill. (The state of the unborn? Probably the same as it always is – still not born yet.)
  • Sarah Posner at Religion Dispatches points out that Rep. Chris Smith wants to create a new protected class of human beings. In his statement on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, he says “And let us recommit today to even more persevering prayer, fasting and hard work to ensure the human rights of all, regardless of age, race, religion, sex, disability, immaturity or condition of dependency.” Note that sexual orientation is of course not included, but “immaturity?”
  • Governor Rick Perry of Texas has declared forcing women to view an ultrasound before an abortion to be an “emergency issue.” Apparently, women must understand what’s “truly at stake.” Thanks, Rick, for looking out for us womenfolk. We wouldn’t know which way was up unless you were there to point the way.

Jan 24

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  • squirrely-girl

    I wonder where the economy rates on Gov. Perry’s “emergency” scale…

  • colleen

    about that




  • ldan

    Wow, so we should protect people regardless of condition of dependency, but not sexual orientation? Huh.


    It was bad enough being told that fetuses were more important than me under all circumstances. But they’re more important than anyone gay too. Am I the only one wondering if the only reason Muslim isn’t part of the same list is because they couldn’t do that without dropping ‘religion’ from the list altogether? It just keeps getting more and more Handmaid’s Tale by the minute.

  • ack

    AZ is running ultrasound legislation, mandating that one be performed and that the woman be offered the opportunity to view it. She would then has to sign a document stating that it was offered.


    Because, you know, most women who obtain abortions think they’re gestating a pizza.

  • crowepps

    At $75,000 a pop, somebody is sure making a bundle.  Wonder if the so-called ProLife legislators are getting any ‘campaign donations’ from the  manufacturers?


    You’ve also got to wonder, now that these things are ubiquitous and done not just at medical clinics but also by ProLife Pregnancy Centers and people can actually go get a ‘heirloom’ ultrasound FILM taken over many minutes at the MALL, just what effect bombarding the uterus and its contents repeatedly is going to have.  Is this going to be like morphine and xrays and some prescription drugs and other ‘medical miracles’ that turned out after 20 or so years to have really horrible side effects?

  • crowepps

    Note that sexual orientation is of course not included, but “immaturity?”

    Maybe he wants to protect the rights of slackers to their parents’ couch.

  • crowepps

    Kelley Williams-Bolar: Mom jailed for wanting to give kids a better life

    “Prosecutors said Williams-Bolar lived in Akron, but falsified enrollment papers in the Copley-Fairlawn School District so her two girls could attend schools for two years.

    Prosecutors said the lies cost the district about $30,000. Copley-Fairlawn does not have open enrollment and out-of-district tuition is about $800 per month.”

    I’m sure all of us who are FOR THE CHILDREN can agree that it’s outrageous this woman was convicted of a FELONY and will spend 10 DAYS IN JAIL and TWO YEARS ON PROBATION because she sent her children to the ‘good’ school because on the earnings of a special education aid going to school to become a teacher she couldn’t afford the $800 PER MONTH PER CHILD fee instituted to keep people like her out.


    I’m sure all of us who think the MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THE CHILDREN will be calling the office of the ProLife governor of Ohio, John Kasich, at  (614) 466-3555 and asking him to grant executive clemency for this mother.


  • ahunt

    Do not be ridiculous, crowepps. Obviously this slut of a single mother made her bed. Now she must lie in it.

  • goatini

    when I lived in a neighborhood that had the best public schools in the county, I had any number of women knocking on my door come July and August, asking if I would receive mail for them and hold it for them to pick up.


    Hmmm… I can’t imagine WHAT kind of mail that would be!  


    I wouldn’t participate in their scam… but I’m willing to bet that other neighbors were amenable, for a price.  And I can also assure you that this practice is nothing new, in places like NYC, for at least 50 years that I know about.   Lots of kids there “living” with an aunt, cousin, or other non-nuclear family member.  


    Interesting, the selective prosecution and the severity of the penalty here.  I think she’s one of MANY in her district who do this, and that the vast majority never get prosecuted.  

  • goatini

    I remember reading about them buying a home ultrasound machine, and also that there were medical risks associated with too-frequent ultrasounds.  So there is some logic and at least some medical evidence as regards your idea.  

  • crowepps

    And yet the children’s FATHER lives in district where they got on the bus, and the children’s GRANDMOTHER lives in district where they got off the bus, and if the children lived with either one of them it would be just fine and all legal, but since they live in the ghetto with MOM they’re not entitled to a decent education.

  • jrm83

    Are you saying the governor from Lehman Brothers doesn’t care about poor, single mothers?  Why that seems hard to believe!

  • squirrely-girl

    I’m sure all of us who think the MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THE CHILDREN will be calling the office of the ProLife governor of Ohio, John Kasich, at  (614) 466-3555 and asking him to grant executive clemency for this mother.


    … I have started calling on my social network to do just this. Thanks for the heads up!