A few weeks ago, I posted a link to a heart wrenching story of a woman who went through several unnecessary forced trans-vaginal probes prior to terminating her pregnancy, an abortion she underwent only because her “baby was ill.” The post was titled, ‘We Have No Choice’: One Woman’s Ordeal with Texas’ New Sonogram Law.
What Carolyn Jones went through was a crime, and her detailed, very personal, extremely painful story is one of the most important explanations of why these cruel laws should cease to exist.
The Texas Observer has it here.
And if all that isn’t bad enough, Texas radio reporter Scott Braddock got fired after airing excerpts from his interview with Jones. The reason given for the decision to let him go didn’t make a whole lot of sense to Braddock.
According to Braddock’s former employer, KROI News 92 FM, an all-news radio station based in Houston, Braddock was fired because he filled in for a fellow reporter on KPFT 90.1FM for one hour, thus violating a “non-compete agreement,” which Braddock claims to have never signed. “The contract is on my desk, unsigned,” he said. “It’s a real stretch. I have been looking through it and there is nothing I did that would be a violation.”
As Braddock told ThinkProgress, “The reason for firing me doesn’t add up…I’m a journalist, I don’t take a position on public policy. My job is to put the facts out there…to explore them all and get as many perspectives as possible.” Braddock maintains that although he feels his personal opinions on the sonogram law are irrelevant, he does believe that a serious discussion take place seeing as the law “affects the reproductive rights of every woman in the state.” Braddock said he is “very disappointed” by the radio station’s decision, and referred to his abrupt dismissal as “heartbreaking.”
Listeners are none to thrilled either. Read TP’s post for the details.