AUSTIN (AP) – Governor Rick Perry celebrated the passage of a law that requires doctors to conduct a sonogram before performing an abortion with a formal signing ceremony.

The governor had declared the matter emergency legislation and has already officially signed the bill. Perry said the bill would save the lives of thousands of unborn Texans. Tuesday’s ceremony brought together anti-abortion activists who campaigned for the bill. They said it was the toughest law of its kind in the nation.

The law goes into force on Sept. 1. It requires doctors to perform a sonogram before providing an abortion. It also requires the doctor to describe the presence of internal organs or limbs. An exemption is only allowed in emergencies, in cases of rape or incest and when the fetus has fatal abnormalities.

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