Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Texas Governor and Legislators Rally for "Ultrasound Bill" in Texas

With a lengthy presidential campaign finally over and a new leader being closely watched for his decisions, most of the attention concerning abortion is on the federal level. What effect will President Obama's eventual Supreme Court picks have on Roe v. Wade? How are pro-life groups responding to the President's decision to resume the funding of abortions in foreign countries? But, don't think that all of the abortion debate is happening in Washington, D.C..

Supporters of a controversial bill that has been put before state legislators in Texas took part in a rally in downtown Austin yesterday. House Bill 182, which has been coined the "ultrasound bill," found vocal supporters during the gathering from Governor Rick Perry, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and several prominent state lawmakers. If passed, this bill would require every doctor who performs abortion to allow women who choose to do so to see an ultrasound and hear the fetal heartbeat at least two hours before the abortion procedure is supposed to occur. Obviously, the hope of those who support this bill is that more women will choose not to have an abortion and instead carry the baby they just saw and heard to term.

Rochelle Tafolla with Parent Parenthood of Houston believes that such a law would infringe on the patient doctor relationship. Also, she believes that legislators who are opposed to abortions should instead work to "prevent the unintended pregnancies."

If this bill is passed into law, doctors will be required to abide by its mandates in order to maintain the expected level of care for their patients. Professionals who do not comply may face reprimand from the state medical board. At Bertolino LLP, we have attorneys who practice in the area of administrative law and the process of appearing before medical boards. We will be watching this bill, and all other proposed legislation in Austin, to make sure we are always able to provide you the best possible representation.

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