Texas’ sonogram law challenged

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Texas' sonogram law is being currently challenged in the Texas court, following a lawsuit filed by pro-choice activists in the state. As it stands, the proposed law would require doctors to perform a sonogram on all women seeking abortions, which is fairly standard practice anyway, and then offer to women the opportunity to hear the fetal heartbeat and to view the sonogram. Law similar to this already exist in many U.S. states. But under the Texas law doctors would be additionally required to verbally describe the appearance of the fetus. The woman would then be required to wait twenty-four hours before receiving her abortion procedure.

Under the law, doctors refusing to comply would be subject to fines up to 10,000 dollars and the loss of their medical licenses. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks intends to rule on the constitutionality of the law before it goes into effect on October, 1 2011.