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Sonogram Bill Advances at Statehouse

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Friday, March 4, 2011 - 3:26pm

AUSTIN, TX - Democrats used procedural rules, dozens of amendments and lengthy debates today but failed to stop a measure requiring women in Texas to get a sonogram before ending a pregnancy.

A vote in the Texas House to move the bill through the amendment phase succeeded on a 103-42 vote.

Governor Rick Perry has made the proposed law a legislative emergency. 

Rep. Sid Miller (R-Stephenville) says ultimate passage in the Texas House is all but certain.

"It requires a 24-hour layout period. The woman gets to go home and think about it, talk to her family about it, pray about it, contemplate it before the procedure is done."

Final passage of the sonogram bill is expected next week.

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