Ultrasounds May be Offered to Women Seeking Abortions

Bill passes Texas Senate.

The Senate gave final approval to the bill requiring ultrasounds be offered to women seeking abortions, but not before a new debate erupted over whether there is a link between abortions and breast cancer.

Sen. Elliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso tried but failed to amend the bill to take out a reference to such a link in the information pamphlet women are required to be offered before an abortion. That brochure says that while some studies shown a link, others do not.
National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society studies say there is no medical evidence of a link.
"The language was put in there to scare women," Shapleigh said.
The bill sponsor, Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, said women should be told that studies support both sides of the issue.

The Senate rejected the amendment on a 19-11 vote before sending the bill to the House.

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