Texas Gov. Rick Perry
held a ceremonial signing Tuesday of an abortion bill that requires women seeking an abortion in the state to have a sonogram before the procedure. Supporters of the bill, lawmakers and television cameras surrounded the governor as he signed the new law, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
“Standing for life is not a partisan issue,” said state Sen. Dan Patrick, a Houston Republican who shepherded the sonogram legislation through the Senate. “It is a God issue.”
Perry officially signed the bill last week.
The bill requires that a doctor or medical professional perform a sonogram at least 24 hours before the scheduled abortion. It also mandates that if the woman agrees, medical personnel would have to make the image available for viewing.
The new law also makes it mandatory for the woman to listen to the doctor’s explanation of what the sonogram image shows, including internal organs, cardiac activity and fetal size. And the legislation requires doctors to provide information about where women can have the sonograms for free.
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