Should women be required to have an ultrasound before going through with an abortion?
It’s a new bill that’s creating a lot of controversy even beyond the borders of Texas, where it is close to becoming law.
The legislation would order doctors to not only show the sonogram to the woman but explain what it shows.
The Republican Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, has made the bill a top priority.
It’s been 38 years since Roe v. Wade made abortions legal in the United States. But several states are considering new laws restricting abortions.
The Texas sonogram bill is considered the most restrictive of those new proposals.
A new Rasmussen Reports poll, released first to Fox News, shows that 48 percent of Americans support the idea of a law requiring women planning an abortion to be shown a sonogram of their fetus and listen to its heartbeat first, while 38 percent oppose such a law.
The goal of the Texas sonogram law is to cut down on the number of abortions, and the Rasmussen Reports poll shows that 62 percent of Americans believe it would.
About 31 percent say requiring a woman to see a sonogram of the fetus would not reduce the number of abortions.
Regardless of whether the sonogram proposal becomes law in Texas, the controversy over abortion will continue.
The Rasmussen poll shows that nearly four decades after Roe v. Wade, 44 percent of Americans consider themselves pro-life, and 42 percent say they are pro-choice.