AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry has declared an emergency issue of efforts to require a woman considering an abortion to first have a sonogram.
The Texas House received the official filing from Perry Monday. He first announced the plan Saturday at an anti-abortion rally in front of the Capitol. Perry said that allowing a woman to understand "what's truly at stake seems a small step to take."
Making the issue an emergency item allows lawmakers to begin considering the legislation in the first 30 days of the legislative session.