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.