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Sonogram Bill Passes Senate

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A bill passed in the Texas Senate would require doctors to conduct a sonogram before performing an abortion.

The Texas Senate passed a bill this Thursday that would require doctors to perform a sonogram at least two hours before an abortion takes place.

Doctors would have to describe whether the fetus has arms, legs or internal organs. And then they would provide women the opportunity to view the sonogram or to hear the fetal heartbeat.

The bill makes exceptions for cases of rape, incest or fetal abnormalities.

Four similar bills are pending in the Texas House. 

Ian Crawford joined KUT as News Editor in 2008, after spending over four years as a reporter/anchor at KLBJ Radio in Austin. He began his broadcasting career while still in high school in Southern Oregon. During high school and college at the University of Oregon, he worked at times as a reporter, news anchor, sports play-by-play reporter, music host and commercial producer before moving to Texas in 2003.