To exercise your U.S. Constitution protected right to an abortion in Texas, you must first get an invasive unasked for sonogram. It is state-mandated rape.
Miller's suspected language makes it all the more clear that the intent of the provision is sexual violence towards women. This rape culture is further evident when Republicans have nominated an admitted sexual assaulter for President. Rape culture is mainstream politics in America.
At the time of the forced sonogram bill, I wrote a letter along with two others to Amnesty International calling for a human rights investigation of Texas as a state government that uses rape as a matter of public policy.
Here is the text of the letter that I was a co-author of in 2012:
To Amnesty International and Amnesty International USA,
In its 2011 legislative session, the state of Texas enacted the “Women’s Right to Know Act”, which states that any woman seeking a constitutionally- protected abortion must undergo an ultrasound prior to the abortion.
According to a study done by the Centers for Disease Control, 88% of all abortions in the United States are conducted in the first trimester. Realistically, this bill amounts to a de facto mandate of trans-vaginal ultrasounds for Texas women seeking abortions.
A trans-vaginal ultrasound requires that a hand-held device be inserted directly into the vagina. Unless the abortion is being performed for medical reasons, Texas women can not opt-out of this procedure.
This physically coerced medical procedure qualifies as sexual assault under section 22.011 of the Texas Penal Code, which reads as follows:
A person commits an offense if the person: intentionally or knowingly causes the penetration of the anus or sexual organ of another person by any means, without that person’s consent.
It qualifies as rape under federal definition, revised this year:
Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object…without the consent of the victim.
It qualifies as rape as defined by the Word Health Organization:
Physically forced or otherwise coerced penetration – even if slight – of the vulva or anus, using a penis, other body parts or an object.
By these definitions, the State of Texas has mandated rape. To date the United States government has not intervened.
The women of Texas deserve protection from this rape. The citizens of Texas should not have rape committed in their name.
We, as citizens of Texas, are asking Amnesty International to investigate this human rights abuse.
Neil Aquino Amy Price Sarah Slamen
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