Proposed sonogram mandate for abortions curtailed
POSTED: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 9:05pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 7:36pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The main author of a proposed law that
would require doctors to show women a sonogram of their fetus
before performing an abortion says the bill will be modified to
give the woman greater control over what she sees and hear.
Opponents of the bill complained that it required doctors to
display a sonogram to women seeking an abortion and would force the
doctor to describe the image on the screen and play the fetal
As drafted, the bill would have allowed a woman to "avert her eyes" but did not allow her to decline the
State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, said he would present a new
version of the bill that would allow the patient to avoid seeing
the sonogram or listening to the heartbeat or the description.