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Texas Passes ‘Emergency’ Anti-Abortion Bill Requiring Women To See Sonogram 24 Hours Before An Abortion

By Tanya Somanader on May 7, 2011 at 9:30 am

"Texas Passes ‘Emergency’ Anti-Abortion Bill Requiring Women To See Sonogram 24 Hours Before An Abortion"

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Yesterday, the Texas Legislature passed legislation requiring doctors to perform a sonogram at least 24 hours before an abortion and to describe what the sonogram shows. Only in cases of rape, incest, or fetal abnormality is a woman allowed to bypass that requirement. Texas is facing it’s worst budget crisis since World War II. But apparently, with the nation racing to restrict women’s rights as much as humanly possible, Gov. Texas Perry (R) dubbed this anti-abortion bill as an “emergency priority” to fast-track its passage:

Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican, stands behind the controversial measure. While different versions of the proposal were under debate earlier this year, Perry regarded the legislation as an emergency priority.

“Ensuring Texans have access to all the information when making such an important decision is a critical step in our efforts to protect life, and I look forward to this legislation reaching my desk very soon,” said Perry in a statement earlier this week, lauding the state legislature for advancing the measure.

“I think it’s very demeaning to women and I think we have more important things to do like balance the budget without hurting families and make sure we can fully fund education and healthcare and take care of things that are important to our economy and not political partisan issues,” said state Rep. Carol Alvarado (D). Unfortunately, it’s appears that putting anti-abortion efforts ahead of a struggling economy is the chief GOP priority.

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