Sunday, December 18, 2005

Truthfully Speaking

Frank Corte has been gnawing away at Roe V. Wade like he’s got nothing better to do with his time.

I’m guessin’ he doesn’t.

It’s bad enough, this nitpicky, nasty little side-step legislation designed to make it harder and harder for women to exercise their own right to choose. But what really irks me is how fast and loose he plays with the truth.

It’s like he can't even convince himself the bills have any merit unless he embellishes them enough to push them through.

No matter where you stand on the abortion debate, let’s stay reality-based and call a spade a spade, shall we?

First of all, Mr. Corte advocates forcing doctors to utilize state-produced literature to “educate” their female patients about the abortion procedure. Ironically, he wants to make sure that all patients are making a full “informed consent” after a 24-hour “reflection period” before getting an abortion. The bill, HB 1469, was opposed by anyone with a lick of sense due to its inclusion of information of the Department of State Health Services 40+ page brochure stating that abortion causes an increased risk of breast cancer following abortion. This statement is not scientifically valid and has been disputed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Cancer Society and others. (Source: TX Assoc of OB/GYNs)

Nevermind, that a government-sponsored workshop refuted this correlation some time ago.

But if using state-produced literature to lie to female patients isn’t enough, Mr. Corte threw out the old song and dance in the lege itself.

The Lilith Fund board president Melissa DeHaan sat in on the hearings for House Bill 15 and watched in disbelief as Mr. Corte misled his fellow state representatives.

Corte displayed impressive foam board maps of Texas broken down by county, with the number of Ambulatory Surgical Centers found within those county borders printed boldly. He repeatedly emphasized how much HB 15 was going to increase a woman’s access to abortion care, as there are many more ASCs located in each county than abortion providers. What is an ASC? It is a place where a person might got to receive services such as rhinoplasty, liposuction, or rehabilitation of a torn knee ligament from a fall at a football game. ASCs are NOT places that have ever considered elective abortion to be part of their services. As of today, there are no Ambulatory Surgical Centers providing abortion services in Texas. Worse, no abortion provider’s facility yet meets the requirements to become an ASC - not before spending thousands of dollars on renovation expenses. Preliminary discussions between abortion facility owners and ASC owners have revealed the cost of renting space from an ASC could be as high as several thousand dollars per hour. This is, of course, providing that the Ambulatory Surgical Centers would even be amenable to such a rental.

So to sum up:

Lies to the public.

Lies to his own colleagues.

Mr. Corte? We would like to take this opportunity to inform you that your pants are on fire.

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