Sonograms Still To Be Required Prior To Abortions

AUSTIN (AP) – A new law aimed at reducing the number of abortions in Texas is set to go into effect this fall, even though some of the toughest provisions of the measure will likely be tied up in litigation for months.

The state is appealing a judge’s ruling Tuesday that it’s unconstitutional to require doctors to display an ultrasound image of the fetus or embryo, make the heartbeat audible and describe its organs and size to a woman before performing an abortion.

While the issue is tangled up in court, women still must undergo a sonogram a day before an abortion.

The appeal could take a year.

Republican Governor Rick Perry signed the law in May, saying it would save countless lives. About 81,000 abortions are performed every year in Texas.

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  • NiteNurse

    I am pro abortion. I don’t have a problem with the sonogram before the abortion. I feel that if you want an abortion you should have all the available information given to you so that you can make the decision that is best for you. A woman should be able to decide what she wants to do with her body and if a sonogram helps her decide I feel that’s a good thing!

  • Coyotepup4

    I’m not sure 81,000 more Texans a year is good for the country

  • daisy

    Way to go small government. i guess we only need BIG government when it comes to the rights of women!

  • Jovina

    Every woman I have ever met have said that they want the decision themselves. They would probably choose to carry the pregnancy, but it is their decision. Not some fat, old, white, rich men. Those 81,000 a year, most are poor. They will not have parents, who can support them. Texas has to agree to support those 81,000 babies for 18 years. I understand that those, who are against pro choice, are against welfare, food stamps, medicaid, free lunch, free health care, etc. I don’t get it. Please enlighten me. fyi: Who do you think is going to pay for those sonograms? The taxpayers. Please, someone, make sense of this. I can’t.

  • Julie

    As a counselor for more that 30 years I have seen the devastation caused by abortion.. Not only emotional but the physical ramifications women face post abortion due to guilt and infertility are real and painful. The BABY is killled, and these women suffer. Studies show that sonograms save lives.

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