Perry Signs Law Requiring Sonogram Before Abortion

AUSTIN (AP) – Gov. Rick Perry has signed into law a requirement that doctors conduct a sonogram before performing an abortion.

The hotly debated legislation passed the Republican-controlled House and Senate despite vocal protests against it.

The law requires the doctor to conduct a sonogram, provide the woman a chance to see the image and hear the fetal heartbeat. The doctor is required to explain to the woman what he sees, including the presence of internal organs or limbs. The only exception is for victims or rape and incest or in cases where the fetus has fatal deformities.

Proponents say it will ensure women are fully informed to make a decision. Opponents say it is intended to prevent women from getting an abortion.

The law is among the strongest in the nation.

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  • FedUPTxn

    Big question – WHO PAYS for this? Is it just another “insurance policy” to bring up a doctor’s salary?

  • callen

    Big Government intervention in this issue is just plain wrong. Abortion should be between a woman and God, not between a woman and Big Government. Also, who will PAY to support all the unwanted babies that are born? You can bet the Gov will not shell out a single dollar from his own wallet. The money will come from you.

  • les

    they forgot to tell us who and how are they going to enforce it ???????? this is a woman’s decision , not the government’s !!!!!!

    • callen

      They will passively enforce it by instilling doctors with fear of entrapment. Big Government always gets its way. Gov Perry is the champion of Big Government.

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