Texas state legislators are defending in court a bill that allows women the option of seeing an ultrasound of their baby before an abortion. The bill was to go into effect September 1 and is now the subject of a lawsuit filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights, based in New York City. Today, on behalf of Texas Senator Dan Patrick and Texas Representative Sid Miller, Liberty Institute filed an amicus brief to defend HB 15. Senator Patrick and Representative Miller were the authors of HB 15 in the Texas Senate and Texas House of Representatives, respectively. Liberty Institute argues that HB 15 is constitutional and only requires the disclosure of truthful and accurate information to allow women to make informed decisions regarding their pregnancies.
A federal court held a hearing on the law in July, but gave no indication of how it would rule.
Today, at a ceremonial bill-signing at the governor’s mansion, Florida governor Rick Scott signed four pro-life bills into law. The bills included House Bill 97, which strips abortion coverage from health insurance exchanges created through the Affordable Care Act; House Bill 501, which ensures that funds collected from the sale of Choose Life license plates are quickly and efficiently distributed throughout the state; House Bill 1247, which places tougher restrictions on the judicial bypass for the state’s parental notification of abortion; and House Bill 1127, which requires doctors to perform an ultrasound on women seeking an abortion.
Source: The Florida Independent
New requirements for women seeking an abortion will soon be in place after Republican state lawmakers successfully defeated a veto issued by Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue.
The Senate voted 29-19 in favor of the legislation, which would require women to wait at least 24 hours before getting an abortion and view state-approved materials on abortion alternatives. The bill would also require physicians to perform an ultrasound no more than four hours prior to performing the abortion procedure. The House narrowly overturned Perdue’s veto earlier this week.
Senate Republicans were able to secure the necessary three-fifths majority needed for overrides when Sen. Stan Bingham, R-Davidson, decided not to vote. Bingham was the lone Republican opposing the measure when it passed the Senate last month. Another Republican, Sen. Richard Stevens, was also missing for the vote.
Source: North Carolina News Network
North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue today vetoed legislation calling for a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion. The legislation also required medical personnel to present to patients an ultrasound image of the fetus along with information about possible risks.
The bill passed the state House 71-48 and the Senate 29-20. Both votes in the Republican-led General Assembly were one vote short of the three-fifths majority needed to override a veto.
Texas Governor Rick Perry on Thursday signed into law a measure requiring women seeking an abortion to first get a sonogram (ultrasound).
Such laws have been proven to reduce abortion rates, as women have the opportunity to become fully informed about the choice they are making. ICE-PAC has been working for years to pass a similar requirement in Illinois, and we look forward to the day it becomes law.
Illinois House Bill 786, the Ultrasound Opportunity Act, was not called for a vote prior to the legislature’s spring recess. Action was stalled due to the filing and studying by pro-abortion House leadership of 16 fiscal notes about the bill’s financial impact.
House Bill would require abortion providers to give women seeking abortions the opportunity to view an active ultrasound before the procedure is performed. The measure also requires facilities to report how many women choose to view the ultrasound.
Chicago Tribune op-ed columnist Eric Zorn recently shared comprehensive information about the status of ultrasound legislation in various states, including existing laws as well as legislation proposed this year. The discussion was prompted by the introduction of an ultrasound bill in Springfield.