The law requires doctors who perform abortions to conduct a sonogram 24 hours before the procedure, display the images of the fetus and make the heartbeat audible. The woman can decline to view the images and listen to the heartbeat. The doctor must also verbally describe the sonogram result – even if the woman doesn’t want to hear it.
And in the Houston Chronicle we hear that it’s not humans who legislated this bill, but God! As always, the justification of this incursion on women’s reproductive freedom comes down to religion:
State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, who authored the sonogram bill in three consecutive legislative sessions, estimated the law will save 15,000 lives annually in Texas – if it stops one out in five abortions. “There’s no other piece of legislation anywhere else in the country that has that kind of impact,” he said Monday. “I don’t take credit for it. It’s God’s hands.”
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