Our Common Good

Republicans insist there is no war on women, yet a new report from the Sunlight Foundation confirms a deliberate, concerted strategy to push ultrasound legislation across the states.

And the anti-abortion Americans United for Life (AUL) proudly confirms it’s behind the assault.

The group authored a model bill called “The Woman’s Ultrasound Right to Know Act” that serves as the “inspiration” for many of the ultrasound bills currently under consideration in over a dozen states. Sound familiar? It should. It’s the same exact strategy the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) employes in pushing its privatization legislation.

In its investigation the Sunlight Foundation used a technology called SuperFastMatch to compare the ultrasound bills pending across the country and the model bill drafted by AUL. The analysis showed text matching in all 13 bills with some bills more closely matched than others.

Of those most closely matched is the dreadful Texas ultrasound law. That may likely be because the bill was upheld by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. According to the Sunlight analysis the Texas bill shares multiple instances of identical text with 12 of the 12 bills to which it was compared, including Virginia.

We can expect to see more of this. AUL just rolled out its model legislation for 2012.

It also means that these are not locally-grown bills borne out of the concerns of legislators constituents but pressure bills drawn up by outside groups pushing their own agenda.

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