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  • The South Dakota Senate passed a bill requiring women considering an abortion to visit a crisis pregnancy center and wait 72 hours before their abortion.
  • The Texas House has passed ultrasound legislation:

    Flexing their super-majority muscle in the TX House, Republican lawmakers swatted away a swarm of amendments offered by the Democratic minority on Thursday and gave preliminary approval to a House version of a bill requiring doctors to perform a sonogram on women requesting an abortion. Declared an emergency by Republican Gov. Rick Perry, the measure passed by a vote of 103 to 42.

    • HB 15, sponsored by state Rep. Sid Miller, RStephenville [pictured left], requires a doctor performing an abortion to conduct the sonogram at least 24 hours before the procedure was to take place. The doctor also is required to show the woman the sonogram image, play the sound of the fetal heartbeat for her and describe in some detail the image that appears on the sonogram. The woman does not have to view the sonogram or hear the heartbeat, although she still would have to hear the doctor’s description. 


    • The state of Nebraska has been ordered to pay $136,000 to cover Planned Parenthood’s legal expenses on a bill PP challenged and NE’s attorney general decided against defending.
    • Justin Moose was sentenced to 30 months in jail after pleading guilty to giving bomb-making instructions to an undercover FBI agent posing as someone willing to bomb an abortion clinic.

    [Image via house.state.tx.us]

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