Appeals court upholds Kentucky law requiring ultrasounds before abortion
A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a Kentucky law that requires doctors to have a pregnant woman undergo an ultrasound, view its images, and listen to the fetal heartbeat before having an abortion.
The judges, from the 6th Circuit, ruled 2-1 that the law did not violate a doctor's First Amendment rights to free speech, writing that the information gleaned from an ultrasound was "pertinent" to a woman's decision-making.
"The information conveyed by an ultrasound image, its description, and the audible beating fetal heart gives a patient greater knowledge of the unborn life inside her," wrote Judge John Bush, a nominee of President Trump. "This also inherently provides the patient with more knowledge about the effect of an abortion procedure: it shows her what, or whom, she is consenting to terminate."...
Wow, great news, and good to hear some good news, here and there, lately. I think Virginia has the same law, which the liberals were trying to repeal recently, as a part of their new reproductive health rights bill. I'd need to research the numbers, but I remember reading that most of the mothers change their minds on aborting after seeing and hearing the ultrasounds.