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article imageNew controversial abortion bill would require an ultrasound

By Roger Corral     Feb 25, 2009 in Politics
The new bill brings new issues onto the abortion debate regarding the rights and privileges of not only women, but their unborn babies as well.
A new Texas bill that would require women to have an ultrasound before an abortion is gaining public support from government officials.
The bill would mandate that a doctor perform an ultrasound test at least two hours before performing an abortion, and the woman would be displayed the images along with the sound of the baby's heartbeat.
Sixteen states already have laws related to abortion ultrasounds, with ten other states considering their own propositions.
"I'm really proud that we have made Texas a safer place for the unborn, but our work's not done," Governor Rick Perry said, during a rally at the state's Capitol steps Tuesday morning.
With the primaries looming, the issue may prove pivotal in a predominant conservative state.
Judah Myers, whose mother decided to have her despite being raped, was one of many supporters which showed up to rally in favor of the bill.
"Women can be a hero, instead of just thinking, for convenience's sake, for nine months I'll get rid of a baby," Myers told local TV station, KVUE.
But organizations such as Planned Parenthood have voiced their opposition to proposed legislation, saying it is "an opportunity to shame or hurt a woman who has already made a personal and difficult decision."
Kelly Hart, with Planned Parenthood of North Texas, believes the bill violates the personal trust between doctors and their patients.
"The AMA and American college of OBGYN's opposes these kind of requirements," Hart said. "Specifically because they compromise the doctor's ability to provide what's best for the patient," said Hart.
The same bill was approved by the Texas Senate during the last legislative session, but didn't garner enough support in the House.
The bill would amend the current Texas Women's Right to Know Act, which was passed in 2003. It requires a doctor who performs an abortion to inform a woman about medical benefits before, during and after birth, a father to help support a child, counseling from government and private agencies and printed information for the woman.
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