The Texas Senate passed legislation Thursday
that would require doctors performing abortions
to offer to show the woman an ultrasound image of the fetus
as well as allowing the women to hear the child’s heartbeat.
SB 182 would expand the state’s informed consent law, which currently requires women to be informed of health consequences of abortions. The new requirement would be added on top of that. The legislation does not require the woman to view the information if she chooses not to.
“That’s 80,000 kids that never get to make it like you and I. Never get to breathe, never get a chance to live. That’s sickening. There are no other words,” Sen. Eddie Lucio (D-Brownsville) said. “So what your legislation, in my opinion is trying to do is make that extra effort to save lives in Texas.”
The legislation was filed by Rep. Dan Patrick (R-Houston), who said the law would provide women an opportunity to understand the full consequences of the abortion.
“The bill gives her a right to say yes or no,” Patrick said. “If she says yes she may then choose to see it or not see it.”
Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen), said he thought the legislation was a needless intrusion between a woman and her doctor.
“I think we’re just trying putting to many obstacles during a period of time when a woman is going through a difficult period of her life,” he said.
Patrick explained the story of a woman and her boyfriend who went to a abortion clinic and was told that their fetus was unviable. The couple went two days later to a crisis pregnancy center and got an ultrasound, which showed the child was viable and allowed them to hear the heartbeat.
“If this bill passes, that will never happen again,” Patrick said.
The bill received bipartisan support among pro-life Democrats. Sen. Eddie Lucio (D-Brownsville) made the strongest statements for the bill. He asked Sen. Patrick how many abortions are performed in Texas each year. Patrick put the number at 80,000.
“That’s 80,000 kids that never get to make it like you and I. Never get to breathe, never get a chance to live. That’s sickening. There are no other words,” Lucio said. “So what your legislation, in my opinion is trying to do is make that extra effort to save lives in Texas.”
Patrick’s final bill was amended somewhat from the original, simplifying the process, but keeping the basic principles. But those slight changes to the bill gained Patrick the one extra vote he needed to pass it. Similar legislation is pending in the Texas House. That bill, HB 36, has been filed by Rep. Frank Corte (R-San Antonio).
Pro-life groups praised the Senate action.
"We are very happy to hear that the Senate has supported SB 182 with preliminary approval," says Joe Pojman, Ph.D., executive director of Texas Alliance for Life. "This is a good and necessary bill that will help enable women to make fully informed decisions about their medical care."
“This bill protects the health of women and ensures that they have not been denied critical information before a major medical procedure,” said Jonathan Saenz, legislative director for the Free Market Foundation. “We are grateful for leadership of the Senate and Lt. Gov. Dewhurst on this bill, on such an important matter in regards to women’s health and innocent human life.”
Earlier in the same senate session, legislators approved SB 1098 by Sen. John Carona (R-Dallas) to create a specialty license plate with the message "Choose Life" to promote infant adoption. The House companion is HB 109 by Rep. Larry Phillips (R-Sherman).
Legislation Would Allow Women Seeking Abortions to See Ultrasound, Hear Heartbeat
by James Aalan Bernsen
Texas Republic News
May 1, 2009
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