North Carolina Ultrasound Law Loses at the Supreme Court

By Leigh Jones


(WNS)–North Carolina abortionists will not have to describe to mothers ultrasound images of their unborn babies.


Recently the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling that overturned a 2011 law requiring abortionists to show women the ultrasound images so that they would fully understand what happens during the procedure. The lower court ruled the law violated abortionists’ free speech rights and was “ideological in intent.” North Carolina legislators passed the measure overwhelmingly, even overriding a veto from the governor to put it into effect.


North Carolina Ultrasound LawTami Fitzgerald, executive director of the NC Values Coalition, said the measure was intended to provide women with life-saving information. “In any other medical procedure, doctors would have a duty to disclose all of the relevant information, and, yet, a procedure as destructive and life-changing as abortion is held to a lower standard,” she said.


Three other states—Louisiana, Texas, and Wisconsin—also require abortionists to describe the ultrasound image to women. Twenty-one states require abortionists to offer or provide women the opportunity to view their ultrasounds. Courts upheld Texas’ ultrasound law, but struck down the law in Oklahoma.


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