A federal judge on Tuesday said that a provision of a new Texas law requiring a doctor to perform a sonogram before an abortion violates the free speech rights of both the patient and the doctor, the Associated Press reported.
U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks ruled that the requirement to show women sonogram images and sounds of the fetus' heartbeat violates the First Amendment.
Sparks' ruling also struck down a provision that allows women to avoid seeing the sonogram images only if they sign a statement that says they are pregnant due to sexual assault or incest.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is running for president, signed the sonogram measure into law in May. It was to take effect on Thursday.