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Texas Abortions: Ultrasound vs Constitutional Rights

A while back, Texas legislation enacted HB 15, which requires any doctor who will be performing an abortion, to perform an ultrasound on the woman. The doctor is required to offer to show the woman the ultrasound and allow her to hear the heartbeat if she so chooses. The woman can decline the offer of course and the procedure will continue on as if it had not happened.

Doctor’s know what happens to the fetus during the abortion, but the plan is to “help” women understand what is inside of them and I am guessing to hopefully allow them to make a connection to the baby and decline the abortion. That or they woman the woman to feel guilt later on after the abortion has occurred when ever she thinks back to listening to the heartbeat.

Pro-life groups are excited of course, but Pro-Choice supporters say it deprives the woman of her constitutional rights. I am not sure what rights they think are being denied, but they still have the right to not know what is going on inside of them. I can see this bill as a maneuver to decrease abortions in the state. There have been allegations by former Planned Parenthood staff on how they are told specific ways in which to minimize thinking about the fetus as a baby, so I don’t think it is fair to say that the ultrasound will influence a person in a way in which will deny them of any constitutional rights.

If I were to have an abortion, I would not want to know. I would say no, I do not wish to see any evidence that a baby is growing inside of me and no I do not wish to hear its heartbeat. I have seen the videos of the fetus moving away from the scissors when doctors are trying to cut it up so they can vacuum it out of the woman’s body, so I can only imagine how hard it would be for the woman to deal with that. I guess that is the point of it though.

I wonder what efforts the government will try and implement to deal with all of the children that are not wanted or raised by mothers who are not ready to deal with the responsibility. That is where pro-life groups seem to fail. The baby is alive and now it needs caring. Maybe that is phase two of their plan.

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Valedictorian fights judge’s ban on graduation prayer

Valedictorian fights judge’s ban on graduation prayer

By Jim Forsyth Jim Forsyth Thu Jun 2, 5:44 pm ET

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) The valedictorian of a high school in a San Antonio suburb where a judge has banned formal prayers at graduation ceremonies on Saturday is fighting for an opportunity to lead the crowd in prayer.

On Thursday, the North Texas-based Liberty Institute, a nonprofit that describes itself as seeking to limit government and promote Judeo-Christian values, filed a lawsuit on behalf of the valedictorian of Castroville’s Medina Valley High School, Angela Hildenbrand.

“After all that I’ve been taught about the freedoms of speech, expression and religion in our country, I am disappointed that my liberties are being infringed upon by this court’s ruling to censor my speech,” Hildenbrand said at a press conference at the Alamo.

U.S. District Judge Fred Biery ruled on Tuesday that the Medina Valley School District may not proceed with plans to include an invocation or benediction at the ceremony, saying that doing so would make it sound like the school is “sponsoring a religion.”

He said student speakers may reference God in their remarks.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Wednesday asked a federal appeals court to overturn the order.

“This is part of an ongoing attempt to purge God from the public setting, while at the same time demanding from the court increased yielding to all things agnostic and atheistic,” Abbott said.

He said Congress begins each session with a prayer to God, and Biery’s ruling would allow a student to “bend over in honor of Mecca,” but not lead a prayer to the Christian God.

The case has been seized by both sides in the ongoing debate over references to religion in schools and in public places.

The judge’s ruling followed a lawsuit against the district by agnostics Christa and Danny Schultz saying their son might not take part in graduation if he were forced to participate in religious activities.

Ayesha Kahn, an attorney for Americans United for Church and State, which represents the Schultzes, said earlier this week that the district “has been flouting the law for decades.”

But some residents of the town of about 3,000 about 20 miles west of San Antonio, which still strongly retains the flavor of the French Catholics who founded it in the 1850s, object to halting the community tradition of invocation at graduation.

“My best friend last year said the prayer, and it was really cool that my best friend, who I have known since I was three years old, said the prayer, and now it turns out that she may be the last one to ever say the prayer at Medina Valley,” Kelsey Johnson, who graduated from the high school last year, told Reuters.

(Editing by Corrie MacLaggan and Jerry Norton)

I can understand both sides of the argument, but doesn’t there have to be a point where the actions or words of an individual reflect solely on the individual and not an organization? If an organization financially sponsors a movement, then that organization should have to deal with the public opinion right? If an employee does contributes financially, no one assumes that the company supports the same position right? Why is it different with religion? Why can I not say in a public forum that these are my beliefs and are not necessarily the beliefs of the school? Television stations do that all of the time for paid advertisers and that seems to work.

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