TX Law Would Require Ultrasound Before Abortion

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

Texas republicans are rallying behind proposed changes to the state's abortion laws; changes that would require an ultrasound.

State Senator Dan Patrick (R) of Houston, authored the bill. Patrick wants doctors or their assistants to perform an ultrasound and describe the embryo or fetus's development two hours before an abortion.

The doctor would also be required provide the woman an opportunity to listen to a sonogram.

Planned Parenthood does not support the changes. In a statement, the group's Bryan office said: "Planned Parenthood believes in giving women complete and unbiased information so they can make health decisions that are right for them and their families. We emphatically oppose politicians telling doctors how to practice medicine. This bill is an attempt to legislate medical care and interferes in the doctor-patient relationship...Politicians shouldn't dictate how medical professionals provide care for their patients. Medical professionals, not politicians, know what information and care is best for their patients."

Members of Coalition for Life, a grass roots group that prays outside Planned Parenthood's Bryan office believes the changes could have a profound effect on pregnant women

"Its gonna show them the beautiful truth and reality of what and who they're aborting and the more truth we can give the women before they have an abortion, the less abortions we're gonna have," said Coalition for Life Director Shawn Carney.

Whether that argument holds true will be a moot point, until the bill makes it through the state legislature.


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