NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 9: Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to delegates at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, April 9, 2010 in New Orleans. (Photo by Cheryl Gerber/Getty Images)
"When you consider the magnitude of the decision to have an abortion, ensuring that the patient understands what's truly at stake seems a small step to take," Gov. Perry said in a press release posted on his official website.
Gov. Perry declared the requirement as an emergency item for the 2011 legislative session, allowing Texas state lawmakers to begin considering the issue within the first 30 days of the session.
Other announced emergency items included abolishing "sanctuary cities" for illegal immigrants, requiring voters to present proof of identification when voting, protections for private property rights and eminent domain issues, and legislation to provide for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
All these initiatives must also be considered while the legislature deals with a large budget deficit that will create cuts in services and may raise tax rates in portions of the state.