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Down Syndrome group fights sonogram bill

POSTED: Friday, May 6, 2011 - 3:11pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

The new sonogram bill is awaiting Gov. Perry's signature. The bill would require women seeking an abortion to have a sonogram before the abortion.

The woman doesn't have to look at the sonogram, but must listen to a doctor describe the fetus.

That is unless the pregnancy is the result of incest, rape or the fetus has a irreversible medical condition.

However, the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas is asking the Governor to make some late changes to the bill. They say the "medical condition" exception is too broad and would include conditions that can be treated like Down's Syndrome.

"To us, that's saying the babies with disabilities are devalued and degraded and are now placed in the category of undesirable pregnancies along with pregnancies that result from rape and incest," says Suzanne Shepherd with the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas.

The group is asking the Governor to change "irreversible medical conditions" to a less broad term like a terminal condition.

They don't anticipate the change, but will be fighting it in the next session.


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