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Sonogram Before Abortion Law Can be Implemented Immediately

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Texas is told a controversial requirement for sonograms before abortions can occur immediately.

A ruling earlier this week affirmed that Texas can implement its controversial law requiring a non-medically necessary sonogram prior to an abortion while the law is being challenged in court.

Today, an order from a federal appeals court states the procedure can be required immediately, without the customary waiting period accompanying judicial decisions.The Associated Press reports that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott asked the court to waive what’s typically a three-week waiting period between a ruling and its implementation – a request the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with.

The constitutionality of the law, passed by the Texas Legislature last year, is being questioned in a separate lawsuit getting underway next week.


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