The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid by the state of North Carolina to revive its law requiring women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound of the fetus performed and described to them.
The high court left in place an appeals court ruling that struck down the 2011 law as unconstitutional because it forced doctors to voice the state’s message discouraging abortion.
Under the law, passed by North Carolina’s Republican-led legislature, physicians must perform an ultrasound, display the sonogram and describe the fetus to women seeking abortions.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year that the measure unduly burdened doctors’ free speech rights, impinging on the physician-patient relationship. Read the entire story.