Judge Strikes Down North Carolina Ultrasound Abortion Law

(CNN) -- A North Carolina law that made women who wanted an abortion get an ultrasound and then have the image described to them is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Friday.

"The Supreme Court has never held that a state has the power to compel a health care provider to speak, in his or her own voice, the state's ideological message in favor of carrying a pregnancy to term and this court declines to do so today," U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles said in her ruling.

The law required abortion providers to perform an ultrasound and place the image in the woman's line of sight. The fetus would then be described in detail even if the woman asked the provider not to.

Supporters of the law had argued that it would promote childbirth.

The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups that brought the lawsuit praised the judge's decision.

"Today's court ruling protects the rights of women and their doctors from the ideological agenda of extremist lawmakers," said Jennifer Rudinger, executive director of the ACLU of North Carolina.




Thank you, Judge Catherine Eagles. Now it's time to address some of the other nonsense they passed in NC.

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Comments (7)

  1. monkeygirl21

    Best news I have heard in awhile. What the supporters of this law do not realize is that it begins a very slippery slope of what goes on between you and your doctor. Of course this insanity is brought to us by the same party who made the anti Obamvare commercial with a puppet between a women’s legs. Hypocrites.

    January 18, 2014
  2. deaconjim

    Hopefully, the courts will begin to strike down such laws in other states. Texas comes to mind.

    January 18, 2014
  3. GoldenPig2012

    I celebrate this ruling. Here in texas, we have the same thing, along with a few others that have, virtually, shut down all but five clinics where a woman may exercise her right to end a pregnancy. Five ain’t much in a state this big. I’m waiting to see if it has a ripple effect here.

    January 18, 2014
    1. deaconjim

      You have a wonderful advocate in Wendy Davis. Hopefully, she can continue to be the voice of sanity amid that sea of chaos she has to navigate.

      January 18, 2014
    2. mrmacq

      but you have twenty six mill there
      BC has a population of just 4 and a half mill
      and we have more clinics than texas ?

      January 19, 2014
      1. GoldenPig2012

        Yep, now. Because those who are in power believe there is no reason there should be female health care or preventative medicine in reach if that care also includes the Supreme Court sanctioned right to abortion. Duh.

        January 19, 2014