Texas Legislature Passes Sonogram Requirement

Staff Report
The Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Legislature has passed a bill requiring doctors to perform a sonogram before conducting an abortion.

Gov. Rick Perry declared the bill to be emergency legislation.

If signed into law, doctors must conduct a sonogram before an abortion and provide the woman with the opportunity to see the results and to hear the fetal heartbeat.

Opponents say the measure would interfere in the doctor-patient relationship.