Lawmakers to consider fast-track sonogram bill

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry has declared an emergency issue of efforts to require a woman considering an abortion to first have a sonogram.

The Texas House received the official filing from Perry Monday. He first announced the plan Saturday at an anti-abortion rally in front of the Capitol. Perry said that allowing a woman to understand "what's truly at stake seems a small step to take."

Making the issue an emergency item allows lawmakers to begin considering the legislation in the first 30 days of the legislative session.

Perry has also has declared emergencies of plans to protect private property owner rights, abolishing sanctuary cities in Texas, requiring voters to present proof of identification when voting and efforts to add a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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