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Sonogram bill moves to Texas House of Representatives

POSTED: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 5:15pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

TEXAS -- A bill requiring doctors to suggest a sonogram to any woman asking for an abortion is now two steps away from becoming a law.

The controversial sonogram bill got some critical testimony this week. Texas Medical Association and Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists are against the bill.

"It's the first time that lawmakers have dictated to physicians the procedure that they do and when and how they do it," said Planned Parenthood's Felicia Goodman.

The group of doctors says suggesting a sonogram to women who ask for an abortion is a violation of the patient-doctor relationship.

Rusty Thomas has been fighting abortion in Waco for years. He hopes women who see a sonogram won't go through with an abortion.

"Once you see the child in the womb, there is a reconnection. What I mean by that is, for a woman to consider an abortion, she really has to distance herself from the humanity of the child in the womb," said Thomas.

Opponents say the requirements can make an already tough decision even more emotionally troubling for a woman. While author of the bill, Houston Sen. Dan Patrick,  says it's all about a woman's right to know.

However, Planned Parenthood already offers what the bill suggests.

"Standard care for women having an abortion already includes an ultrasound. That also includes offering her the opportunity to view the ultrasound, and we also will give her a picture that she can take away with her from that ultrasound," said Goodman.

Now the bill is headed to the Texas House of Representatives for review.

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