Tuesday, May 24, 2011
New Texas Law: Women Must Wait 24 Hours After Required Sonogram Before Abortion
Reuters: New Texas law mandates sonograms before abortion, by Corrie MacLaggan:
Women must wait a day after sonogram to have abortion
Republicans at state level push abortion restrictions
AUSTIN, Texas, May 19 (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry on Thursday signed into law a measure requiring women seeking an abortion in the state to first get a sonogram.
Texas is one of several U.S. states with strong Republican legislative majorities proposing new restrictions on abortion this year. The Republican governor had designated the bill as an emergency legislative priority, putting it on a fast track.
Under the law, women will have to wait 24 hours after the sonogram before having an abortion, though the waiting time is two hours for those who live more than 100 miles (160 km) from an abortion provider. . . .