Tribpedia: Abortion Sonogram Bill

The abortion sonogram legislation that passed the Texas House and Senate requires a doctor to perform a sonogram on a woman at least 24 hours before she has an abortion. During the sonogram, the doctor must describe the fetus or embryo; the woman can choose whether she wants to see images from the sonogram or listen to the heartbeat. Victims ...

For Abortion Providers, Sonogram Law is a Complication

Two sonogram tools used at a Planned Parenthood clinic providing abortions in Austin.
Two sonogram tools used at a Planned Parenthood clinic providing abortions in Austin.

Though an element of Texas' new abortion sonogram law is still being challenged in court, providers are complying with a ruling to enforce the measure. They say it has been a bureaucratic nightmare. But supporters of the law argue requiring a sonogram at least 24 hours ahead of an abortion is due diligence, not a roadblock. 

Attorney General Greg Abbott, Gov. Rick Perry, state Rep. Senfronia Thompson and Department of Public Safety chief Steve McCraw at the signing of House Bill 3000 on May 25, 2011.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, Gov. Rick Perry, state Rep. Senfronia Thompson and Department of Public Safety chief Steve McCraw at the signing of House Bill 3000 on May 25, 2011.

Something to Talk About

Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Attorney General Greg Abbott may well use a court ruling against the abortion sonogram law to their political advantage — to lure anti-abortion voters to the polls, and fuel their fire against so-called “activist” judges.

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 95

This week on the TribCast, Evan, Reeve, Ben and Thanh talk about Rick Perry's front-runner status and the new roadblock thrown in front of abortion sonogram legislation.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 8/15/11

Aaronson analyzes TWIA claims and lawyer fees, Aguilar talks border security and voter ID with Chuy Hinojosa, Grissom on the latest inmate exonerated via DNA evidence, Hamilton interviews John Sharp on higher ed and the SEC, Murphy interactively maps the changes wrought by redistricting, Philpott on who's running Texas while Rick Perry is out campaigning for president, Ramsey on Perry's history of off-the-cuff remarks, Ramshaw on Perry's childhood years in Paint Creek, Root on Perry's extraordinary first week on the trail and Tan on even more ways Texas will change on Sept. 1: The best of our best content from Aug. 15-19, 2011.

Governor Rick Perry shakes hands with patrons at the Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo upon his arrival in Iowa on August 14, 2011
Governor Rick Perry shakes hands with patrons at the Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo upon his arrival in Iowa on August 14, 2011

Under Scrutiny, Perry Walks Back HPV Decision

With his lengthy record as governor under intense new scrutiny, Rick Perry is seeking to defuse the controversy around one of his most controversial decisions: his 2007 executive order requiring all girls to be vaccinated against HPV, the principal cause of cervical cancer.