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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Gov. Perry signed law requiring sonogram before abortion
Meagan McElroy at 12:00 AM ET

On May 19, 2011, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a bill, following its approval by the state legislature, requiring women seeking an abortion to first obtain an ultrasound. Under the new law's regulations, doctors who fail to perform an ultrasound and display it to women at least 24 hours before the procedure could be stripped of their medical licenses. The law also requires doctors to describe the fetus to the pregnant woman. It contains exceptions for cases of rape, incest, and fetal abnormality. Following a lawsuit filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) challenging the law, a federal district court issued an injunction against its enforcement, which was reversed by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Read an overview of legal issues surrounding reproductive rights at Features.

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