Women’s reproductive rights advocates won another victory in the battle of onerous pre-abortion ultrasound requirements, as a North Carolina judge blocked a new law scheduled to go into effect.
The state’s new ultrasound law will go into effect, but doctors will no longer have to force women to view the image on the screen, nor must they describe the embryo or fetus in detail or ask the woman if she wants to hear the heartbeat.
According to the Associated Press, “North Carolina officials ‘have not articulated how the speech-and-display requirements address the stated concern in reducing compelled Abortions, and none is immediately apparent,’ the judge wrote in a preliminary injunction.”
The ruling is much similar to that of Judge Sam Sparks in Texas, who also blocked the heartbeat and fetal description portion of Texas’s ultrasound law. The state then appealed to the Supreme Court, who refused to hear the case.
Will this second injunction stop Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and her anti-choice colleagues in Congress from pushing forward on the “Heartbeat Informed Consent Act,” a federal version of the same law that was once more blocked? Or have any effect on national anti-abortion advocates’ plans to introduced this same bill in every state in the nation this legislative session?
Probably not. All they need is one judge to uphold the law to have the precedent they so desperately want.
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