Posted by | January 13, 2012 14:24 | Filed under: Top Stories

A federal appeals court says Texas can enforce a law requiring a sonogram before an abortion.

The law requires doctors to conduct a sonogram before performing an abortion, to show the woman the image, to play the fetal heartbeat aloud and describe the features of the fetus at least 24 hours before the abortion. There are exceptions for case of rape, incest, fetal deformities and for women who have to travel great distances to reach a doctor.

Friday’s order by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals clears the way for the Texas Department of State Health Services to issue rules for complying with the law and to prosecute doctors who do not obey it.

 Arguments will be heard next week in District Court as to whether the law is constitutional.

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