U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Eagles today struck down a North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show a woman an ultrasound and describe the images in detail four hours before having an abortion, even if the woman objects. Eagles held that provisions of the law violated providers’ First Amendment rights to free speech.
“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, which challenged the law along with the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
“If these unconstitutional measures had gone into effect, doctors would have been prevented from using their best medical judgment to provide patients with care based on their specific individual needs. This law represented an egregious government intrusion into individuals’ private medical decisions, and we are very pleased that it will not go into effect.”
The full decision is here.