Supreme Court Leaves Kentucky Ultrasound Law in Place

Headline Roundup December 9th, 2019

The Supreme Court refused to review a case involving a Kentucky law requiring doctors to describe ultrasound results to patients seeking abortions Monday. The lawsuit involved the state of Kentucky and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) suing on behalf of the state's last abortion clinic. The ACLU argued the case on First Amendment grounds, saying the law violates doctors' free speech by compelling them to describe ultrasounds. The refusal to review leaves the law in place; it was previously upheld by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this year.

Supreme Court Leaves Kentucky Ultrasound Law in Place

From the Left
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The Supreme Court Monday left in place a Kentucky law requiring abortion providers to perform an ultrasound and show and describe it to the patient, regardless of the patient's wishes.

The justices did not offer an explanation for their decision to refuse to hear a challenge to a lower court ruling that upheld the Kentucky restrictions. The law, which had been blocked by lower courts since 2017 when it was enacted, will now take effect.

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From the Center
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions.

The justices did not comment in refusing to review an appeals court ruling that upheld the law. Enforcement of the law had been on hold pending the legal challenge but will begin shortly, said Steve Pitt, general counsel to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin.

The American Civil Liberties Union had challenged the law on behalf of Kentucky’s lone remaining abortion clinic. The ACLU argued...

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From the Right
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The Supreme Court on Monday allowed a Kentucky abortion law to stand that requires an abortionist to perform an ultrasound and describe the image to the mother and allow her to hear the heartbeat of the fetus before terminating it.

The court declined to reconsider an appeals court ruling upholding the Kentucky Ultrasound Informed Consent Act after the American Civil Liberties Union brought a case on behalf of the state’s only abortion clinic saying the “display and describe” requirement violates physicians’ First Amendment rights by forcing them to show their...

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