Texas is one of several U.S. states with strong Republican legislative majorities proposing new restrictions on abortion this year. The Republican governor had designated the bill as an emergency legislative priority, putting it on a fast track.
Under the law, women will have to wait 24 hours after the sonogram before having an abortion, though the waiting time is two hours for those who live more than 100 miles from an abortion provider.
"Governor Perry was pleased to sign this important legislation, which bolsters our efforts to protect life by ensuring Texans are fully
informed when considering such an important decision,'' said Katherine Cesinger, a spokeswoman for the governor.
A sonogram is an imaging technique using high-frequency sound waves to produce images of a developing baby in a woman's uterus.
Under the measure, women will be offered the option of hearing the heartbeat and seeing the sonogram image, which they may decline. But the woman's doctor must describe the image, explaining the size of the embryo or fetus and the presence of organs and limbs.
Opponents of the legislation said the law interferes in the doctor-patient relationship by adding a government requirement for a procedure that could be traumatizing to women going through an already difficult situation.
During debate on the House floor in March, Democratic state Representative Carol Alvarado wielded a trans-vaginal probe used for sonograms early in pregnancy.
"This is government intrusion at its best,'' she said during that debate.
(Editing by Will Dunham)
Who pays for a government mandated sonogram?
The tax payers do - small price to pay to potentially save a life, dontcha think?
Answer by scout_mom at 9:45 AM on May. 20, 2011
Answer by dancer at 9:45 AM on May. 20, 2011
Answer by jewjewbee at 9:46 AM on May. 20, 2011
Answer by happymama02 at 9:47 AM on May. 20, 2011
Answer by ArmyWifeAshlie at 9:47 AM on May. 20, 2011
The patient. You gotta pay to play. If you are truly pro-choice, then you should want them to have all of the information before making their choice. I don't have a problem with this bill at all, and I am pro-choice. The patient should have as much information as possible to make the most informed choice.
Answer by QuinnMae at 9:47 AM on May. 20, 2011
Rick Perry is a moron. If Texans were smart they would vote him out of office. He's destroying an amazing state. BTW I am a Texas Resident
So am I and when I saw that our choice was either Perry or Bill White, all I had to do was look at the condition of Houston and I had my answer.
Answer by QuinnMae at 9:49 AM on May. 20, 2011