Proposed sonogram before abortion bill closer to legislative approval

AUSTIN, TX (KTRE/AP) – A new bill in Texas that would require doctors to do sonograms at least 24 hours before an abortion is one step closer to passing.

The bill's author modified the original provision that would have required the woman to see the fetus and hear the heartbeat. He took those stipulations out. But many groups still take issue with the bill. Anti-abortion activists rallied at the Texas Capitol on Thursday and lobbied lawmakers for tougher restrictions on abortions.

The rally comes the day after a state Senate committee approved a bill that would require doctors to perform a sonogram before performing an abortion. The bill requires doctors to explain what they see to the woman while they perform the sonogram.

If passed, doctors also would have to describe any visible internal organs, legs or arms. The woman would also have a chance to see the image and listen to the heartbeat. In a substantial revision made late Wednesday, the amended bill provides exemptions in cases where there are fatal fetal abnormalities or women or who are victims of incest or sexual assault.

The bill now goes to the full Senate.

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