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Anti-choice law struck down in part

Good news and bad news from WRAL.com:

Greensboro, N.C. — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a portion of North Carolina’s new abortion restrictions that would require medical providers who perform ultrasounds on pregnant women.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles in Greensboro issued a preliminary injunction one day before the law would take effect. Lawmakers passed the restrictions over Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto in July.

Eagles blocked a provision regarding what must be shown and told to a woman when an ultrasound is performed at least four hours before the scheduled procedure.

The section required the medical worker to put the electronic image of the fetus in front of the pregnant woman, describe what the woman may view and offer her the chance to listen to the fetal heart beat.

Eagles said other sections of the law, including a 24-hour waiting period, can be enforced.

 

2 Comments

  1. Meredith Eugene Hunt

    October 26, 2011 at 4:00 am

    Catherine Eagles is a recent (confirmed December, 2010) Obama nominee to the federal bench in North Carolina. Her opinion and injunction, while it turned upon legal arguments on free speech, was about whether the state can require abortionists to allow a woman to view live ultrasound images of her pre-born child, to allow the woman an opportunity to hear the child’s heartbeat, and to accurately describe that child to the mother before they kill it. The abortionists (the Plaintiffs) argued and the judge recognized that they are unwilling to offer this service and that some women would be unwilling to see and hear the truth about their child. The killers wish to withhold the truth about what they do, and they claim that women wish to close their eyes and ears.

    It’s a cruel world.

  2. david esmay

    October 26, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Forcing healthcare providers to become defacto agents for anti-choice propaganda is just one more lame attempt by extremists, such as yourself, to impose your belief system on people who don’t share it. The world’s population is approaching 7 billion, what percentage of that figure are un-wanted, abandoned, or orphaned children? The anti-choice crowd is obsessed with the fetus, and a women’s right to control her own body. If you don’t believe in abortion, don’t get one, but you have no right, even though based on the vitriolic tone of your arguement, some percieved, divinely inspired, arrogant, self-righteous authority to impinge upon the basic civil rights of others.