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The controversial abortion sonogram law passed in last year’s session is back in effect after an appeals court nullified an injunction by a lower court. The bill requires doctors to provide a sonogram for a woman 24 hours before being performing an abortion. When the Center for Reproductive Rights sued to stop enforcement of the law, U.S. District Court Judge Sam Sparks issued a restraining order, ruling that the legislation was vague and presented First Amendment issues. That ruling has now been set aside by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Texas can now compel doctors to follow its provisions.