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North Texas anti-abortion group reacts to 24hr wait repeal

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A local anti-abortion group questions a state lawmaker's proposed repeal of Texas' 24 hour waiting period for abortions.

The law, which went into effect in 2011, says any woman seeking an abortion must get an ultrasound 24 hours prior to the procedure. State Representative Jessica Farrar of Houston says that causes women excessive hardship.

"I think it's just ridiculous that we do things to women to manipulate their minds instead of trusting that they have already made a very difficult decision," Farrar said.

But the leader of Involved for Life, an anti-abortion group, disagrees.

"When is education manipulative?" Carolyn Cline, Involved for Life CEO, asks. "I don't think it ever is."

The group runs "Sonograms On Site," a mobile sonogram unit that sits outside North Texas abortion clinics. One worker said the procedure can make all the difference.

"Just last week a client shared with me, in her words, that the moment she heard the heart beat, that changed everything," Connie Rucker, sonographer, said.

Farrar says she realizes the bill won't likely gain traction in a Republican-controlled legislature, but hopes to start a real dialogue about women's reproductive rights.

"My concern is that if we walk away from what was done in the last session, that everyone will think that is OK," Farrar said. "And I want to make sure that my colleagues understand that this has had real impacts on women."

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