Texas Debates Stricter Abortion Bills

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State lawmakers in Texas are submitting two bills that would change the procedures for women wanting abortions.

The bills would mandate that pregnant women be shown an ultrasound picture of their unborn child two hours prior to terminating the pregnancy.

Doctors would also have to explain the development of the fetus, and let the woman listen to the baby's heartbeat.

While pro-life advocates are in favor of the bill, abortion rights supporters say this law would be intimidating.

"This is an emotionally manipulative bill," Sarah Cleveland of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas. "A woman has the right to make a complicated, personal medical decision such as this, with her doctor,with her family, if she chooses, with her spiritual advisor. We don't believe there's any place for politicians in the doctor's office."

Joe Pojman, a pro-life supporter, sees the bill as a positive.

"It's unbelievable to me that anyone would want to deny woman the opportunity to know all, to get all the information that she needs to decide whether or not she really wants to have an abortion."

If the Texas bill passes, pregnant women would also receive detailed information about available healthcare, adoption and child support payments.

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