Texas Highlights Historic Pro-Life Sonogram Bill

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry held a "ceremonial signing" Tuesday to highlight the purpose of the state's new sonogram legislation.

The historic law requires any pregnant woman seeking an abortion to be presented with a sonogram of her baby first. If the woman declines to see the sonogram image, a verbal description of the picture must still be given.

Perry officially signed House Bill 15 on May 19. Tuesday's event at the Capitol allowed supporters of the legislation to celebrate its success.

"Texas is a state that respects and defends life," Perry said. "Every one of these lives lost is a tragedy."

Liberty Institute, a pro-family legal group, attended the signing.

"The sonogram bill -- the most significant pro-life bill in Texas in over 10 years - ensures that Texas' outdated informed consent laws now accommodate technological advances and renewed concern for women's health and well-being," Liberty Institute president Kelly Shackelford said.

"The new law will save countless lives and guarantee women receive the most complete information possible before making such an important decision," she added.

A new Gallup survey released Tuesday revealed 61 percent of U.S. adults say all or most abortions should be illegal. That number includes respondents who describe themselves as pro-choice.

"[Many Americans] grew up with sonograms. They've seen unborn children in the womb. They've seen those pictures. In fact, they've seen their own pictures from before they were born," Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America, told CBN News.

CWA president Wendy Wright spoke more about the growing pro-life trend and what it could mean for America. Click play to watch. 

"It makes sense that they then would recognize that this is a human being that's being killed in an abortion," she said.

Fifty-one percent of those polled say that having an abortion is morally wrong. That number appeared slightly higher among young adults, with 53 percent of people aged 18 to 24 saying abortions are morally wrong.

Only 27 percent in this year's survey told the research group they thought abortion should be legal under any circumstances.

Gallup's 2011 Values and Beliefs survey was conducted by telephone interviews May 5-8, 2011 with a random sample of 1,018 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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