Texas governor signs law requiring sonogram before abortion

Zach Zagger writes:

Texas Governor Rick Perry   signed into law Thursday a bill [HB 15 text; materials] that requires women seeking an abortion   to first get a sonogram. The law requires doctors to conduct a vaginal ultrasound and display the images at least 24 hours prior to an abortion, and would strip them of their medical licenses should they fail to do so. The law also requires doctors to provide “a simultaneous verbal explanation of the results of the live, real-time sonogram images, including a medical description of the dimensions of the embryo or fetus, the presence of cardiac activity, and the presence of arms, legs, external members, and internal organs.” The law contains exceptions from the requirements under certain circumstances, including rape, incest or fetal abnormalities.

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