The Texas legislature has launched attacks on women's rights -- both the House and the Senate approved bills that would require that women seeking an abortion get a sonogram before undergoing the procedure.
Both measures would require that the doctor perform the sonogram, show it to the woman, force her to describe the image in detail and listen to the fetal heartbeat. The Senate bill requires this to occur up to two hours before the abortion. The more extreme House measure would require it to happen a full 24 hours prior. Plus, under the House bill, any physician who does not comply would lose their medical license.
Gov. Rick Perry already said he would sign the bill, and the legislature is working on compromise legislation.
Politicians should not be inserting themselves and their ideology between women, their doctors and their own consciences. Tell Texas lawmakers to shelve their anti-choice, anti-woman bills.
Dear [Decision Maker],
It is completely unacceptable to insert yourself and the government of Texas between a woman and her doctor when it comes to reproductive health. I urge you to oppose and shelve bills that would require women to undergo sonograms and endure psychologically traumatic treatment in order to end a pregnancy.
Thank you so much for speaking out for Texas women. Unfortunately, Texas legislators and Governor Rick Perry ignored women's rights and passed the bill. Now, women seeking an abortion in Texas will have to get a sonogram at least 24 hours before the procedure. Read more about the new law in Causes.
We're disappointed in the decision, but it just shows how much work we need to do to protect women's rights. Please continue to take action on the important issues below.
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