Texas senate passes abortion sonogram bill.

Texas Tribune has the story:

Under Patrick’s legislation, a doctor would have to describe to a woman the details of a sonogram hours before performing the abortion. The doctor would show the woman the sonogram and play the heartbeat audibly, unless the patient opts out. Even if the patient opts out, the doctor would have to describe the development of the fetus, including its dimensions. Women with fetal abnormalities, or who have been a victim of rape or incest, are given an exception.

Patrick got some much-needed assistance from Sen. Carlos Uresti, who agreed to give the measure his support if Patrick accepted his amendments. Uresti’s amendments include changing the sonogram time from 24 hours in advance to two hours in advance.

Related: there’s no evidence that suggests mandatory sonograms change any woman’s mind before an abortion.


About andrea grimes

Andrea is a journalist living in Austin, TX. She has a master's degree in anthropology and did her thesis work on gender and stand-up comedy. Seriously. Also, she has a bunch of cats. Three of them. Is three a bunch? Discuss.
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10 Responses to Texas senate passes abortion sonogram bill.

  1. Bhevarri says:

    I don’t know what to do anymore. Stuff like this just makes me feel so helpless.. there’s not even a point to this bill in particular, it’s just dumb. I hate feeling so powerless in the face of legislation like this.

  2. Anonymous says:

    More importantly,

    Andrea, you are quite a PORKER!!

    Ewwww, no wonder you hate men, they don’t want YOU!

    Food is your addiction, same as drugs or alcohol. Don’t throw stones when you live in a glass house.

    Buh-bye angry lady!

  3. Samantha says:

    Yeah yeah, politics and shit, whatever….let’s get to the REAL ISSUES: THERE IS THE ONE WOMAN WHO IS FAT. Can someone get Obama on the phone please? This is more important than literally anything.

  4. lturkel says:

    Really? This legislation from a politician who wanted to give very young girls Gardasil – but not condoms? How ignorant is this? Help women with the problem behind the reason they are seeking abortion – and you help them to make informed choices. The sonogram ruse won’t do it.

  5. Anon says:

    This bill (HB-15) really makes me un-proud to a Texan. This kind of crap legislation will further weaken the GOP in Texas as thinking people realize what idiots we have elected.

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