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  •  I am actually surprised that they don't (3+ / 0-)
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    require those ultrasound counseling sessions to be videotaped to ensure the doctor does what he's told.  I am still trying to figure out how they plan to enforce that law.

    The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

    by irishwitch on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 10:10:01 PM PDT

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    •  So far we have no solid guidelines (5+ / 0-)

      from DSHS, which is still telling us that the law is so confusing that they're not sure they understand it completely yet themselves. Needless to say, we are not feeling reassured.

      As of now, the woman must sign a state-issued "Sonogram and Abortion Election" form before the sonogram (to verify that she is not pregnant as a result of rape or incest, that she is not a minor seeking judicial bypass, and that she has no medical records diagnosing fetal anomalies -- the only three ways to avoid hearing the doctor describe all visible fetal development during the sono), and afterward she completes and signs a "Certification" form to verify that the legal niceties have been satisfied. So as far as the paperwork goes, the state is really just taking the woman's word for it.

      Needless to say, Texas women (especially the pregnant ones) are so generally untrustworthy that I can't see the state leaving it at that for very long. Probably until about five minutes into our next inspection.

      "Texas is going to shrink government until it fits into a woman's uterus." -- Texas State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

      by moiv on Wed Mar 28, 2012 at 11:07:31 PM PDT

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    •  Random "Secret Shoppers" would be my guess... (3+ / 0-)
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      or at least the potential threat of one.  I'd imagine a stiff penalty combined with not knowing whether or not a "patient" was working undercover for the state might be enough to convince the docs to follow the rules.

      And actually, not as much someone working undercover for the state as working undercover for a cause -- someone like a Lila Rose / James O'Keefe protege who'd be more than happy to get wired up to take a clinic down.

      Teabaggers can yell "Read the bills" all they want; at least we actually write them.

      by here4tehbeer on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 12:41:32 AM PDT

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