Supreme Court Blocks Texas Abortion/Sonogram Law

By Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, Sep 29, 2011  |  Updated 1:55 PM CDT
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Supreme Court Blocks TX Abortion Law

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The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday that Texas can't enforce an abortion/sonogram law passed by the state legislature last summer while the measure is under appeal, the Texas Tribune reports.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Fifth Circut Court of Appeals refused to allow the law to go into effect while it was being appealed.

An Austin judge ruled that the parts of the law that required a doctor to display an ultrasound image, make the heartbeat audible and describe the fetus before terminating a pregnancy were unconstitutional.

The state appealed the ruling last month.

The remainder of the law, which requires women to undergo an invasive vaginal sonogram at least 24 hours prior to the abortion, was still required and was to go into effect Oct. 1.

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