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Federal judge blocks North Carolina abortion ultrasound law

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD-TV) — A federal judge ruled Friday that a North Carolina law that requires a doctor show a woman an ultrasound of her fetus before providing an abortion violates a doctor’s First Amendment rights.

“The Act requires providers to deliver the state’s message to women who take steps not to hear it and to women who will be harmed by receiving it with no legitimate purpose. Thus, it is overbroad, and it does not directly advance the state’s interests in reducing psychological harm to women or in increasing informed and voluntary consent,” wrote District Judge Catherine C. Eagles.

The law was challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

“Today the court sided with the rights of women and their doctors over the ideological agenda of extremist lawmakers,” said Jennifer Rudinger, executive director of the ACLU of North Carolina.

The law was approved by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011 over the veto of then-Governor Beverly Perdue.

Republicans who supported the law in the General Assembly said the measure is designed to give women more information about what happens in an abortion and who is providing it. Social conservatives praised the bill, which also requires a woman consider an offer to see the shape of the fetus and hear a heartbeat.

“I am deeply saddened by the decision today in Greensboro by U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles to strike down a North Carolina law that requires those performing abortions to provide a woman with an ultrasound before she decides to have an abortion. This ruling does a great disservice to the women of our State, as it denies those who are pregnant from receiving full access to all available medical information. Women are entitled to and deserve our respect, compassion and support. And so to deny a woman from receiving the truth, especially with regard to a decision which will impact her life and the life of her unborn child is to deny her the freedom of information that all people expect from their health care providers,” said Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, in an issued statement Friday.

No word yet if the state will appeal.

Click here to read the entire ruling

Source: WTVD-TV

21 comments

  • Jennifer

    Obviously Each and Every Citizen is Entitled to ‘Think Whatever they So Choose to Think’ in regards to their individual choice to terminate a pregnancy; The Bishop’s point in the article’s ending comment Sums it up Very Accurately AND Honestly/Compassionately….It’s Called Educating Would-Be-Mothers to the Biological TRUTH of just What is ACTUALLY going on inside of them -during Early child formation-Nothing less, Nothing More… WHY the GREAT FEAR and Seeming Need to Hide the Biological aspects from young women In The Throes of Such Profound Decisions…Unless, perhaps, they are innately Afraid that there may ACTUALLY Lie SOME Great Wrong in their Choice to abort. ALL North Carolina Women(And Men!!) Deserve the Privilege and Human Right of Education AND Awareness!!

    • Michael

      Actually, Jennifer, that and much more information is available to these women if they CHOOSE to view it. That’s the point. The government should not be forcing doctors to show their patients ultrasounds that they did not request to view in the first place.

      • Jennifer

        Good Comment; Good Point, And MUCH Considered. it is ALWAYS Difficult to Correctly articulate individual “Feelings” in the “Heat-Of-Passion??” responses to the Great Fox8 articles…Thanks!!!

    • Evol Syawla

      “Obviously Each and Every Citizen is Entitled to ‘Think Whatever they So Choose to Think’ in regards to their individual choice to terminate a pregnancy; The Bishop’s point in the article’s ending comment Sums it up Very Accurately AND Honestly/Compassionately….It’s Called Educating Would-Be-Mothers to the Biological TRUTH of just What is ACTUALLY going on inside of them -during Early child formation-Nothing less, Nothing More…”

      But when it comes to freedom to chose what to hear, that is where the freedom ends…as far you and the Republicans are concerned. As far as your kind and your views are concerned, a MUST be FORCED by Government employees to listen to whatever FALSE information they have to tell you. You must absolutely be forced against your choice to view images that you do not want to view. Your Doctor must be forced to lie, to give FALSE information to the patient against her will.
      You are like black tar!

    • Tina

      So, was the state of North Carolina prepared to support these children for life? The Republicans are already anti-Affordable Health Care Act, anti-welfare, anti-increase in minimum wage, anti-Planned Parent Hood, anti-everything that could possibly help a family survive and bring a child that is wanted into a better world.
      Personally, I think we should provide families with the option to get vasectomies and tubal ligations for free. If that were the case, we wouldn’t even have to worry or argue about abortions, money for social security, child abuse, the foster care system, money for students in special education who are emotionally disabled or intellectually disabled because they were shaken as a baby and are going to need services and supports for the rest of their lives.
      Republicans can only think about right now and not what this sort of decision really means. Wake up! Let’s make some meaningful decisions that will have a positive long term impact for our country and its people.

      • Jennifer

        “Supporting” Newborn Infants/OR 2 year olds IS NOT, NEVER WAS and NEVER WILL BE the Duty/Responsibility/Obligation of “the State!” NOT THIS State, NC, NOR ANY OTHER STATE in the Union…Maybe It is TIME for a REALITY Check…..

  • Alexis Comnenus

    We have become a society of lies and of perversion. To do everything to hide the reality. This is the demise of America.

  • Diane Purcell

    I think the whole thing is completely unnecessary. I think a woman PRETTY much knows what an abortion is, and what a fetus is, and a baby. It’s insulting to women and doctors to force unnecessary tests such as this – it’s a cost no one needs to take on – and I think we need to stay out of others personal decisions and medical care.

  • 1SHOT1KILL

    So, the law requiring doctors to show a pregnant woman an ultrasound of her unborn child before performing an abortion, violates the “doctors” 1st Amendment rights, eh?? Well what about the law requiring doctors to gain information from the patients as to whether or not here are firearms in the home???? Would that not violate the patients 1st and 2nd Amendment rights???? Me think so.

    • Renee

      There is no law anywhere that requires doctors to ask those questions. There are also no laws banning doctors from asking. But say there is a patient who is suicidal, would it not be negligent of the doctor didn’t ask? Doctors can ask if a patient has been hoarding medications, or of there are knives or other items in the home that could be used to kill oneself, how is that any different than asking about guns in the home? Or pediatricians. I think it would be reasonable for pediatricians to ask as a preventive measure to make sure the parents are aware that they need to practice gun safety so the children don’t have access to guns, in order to prevent the child from causing harm to themselves or others.

      This so-called law of yours was discussed almost 2 years ago. When was the last time your doctor asked if you had guns in your home? Why should it matter anyway, when people always lie to their doctors anyway?

  • Smar Tasse.

    Cause if they see it’s a human not tissue they will regret killing it……but wait, stats are that 75% of woman who kill their child with abortion do regret it for at least the rest of their child bearing years.

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