Abortion rights

Judge overturns ‘demeaning’ and ‘degrading’ anti-abortion ultrasound law in Kentucky


A Kentucky law that forced doctors to show pregnant women an ultrasound image of the fetus before performing an abortion has been struck down by a judge on the basis that it violates doctors’ First Amendment rights. Under the law, which was signed by Governor Matt Bevin in January, doctors had also been required to play audio of the fetus’ heartbeat.

The ACLU, which had challenged the law on behalf of Kentucky’s lone remaining abortion clinic, the EMW Women’s Surgical Center, praised the decision in a statement issued on Wednesday.

“We are pleased that Kentuckians will no longer be subjected to this demeaning and degrading invasion into their personal health care decisions,” said Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, a senior ACLU attorney. “This ruling puts us one step closer to getting Kentucky politicians out of the exam room.”

Unfortunately, the road ahead is long for pro-choice advocates in the state. In January, Bevin signed a law banning abortions past 20 weeks unless a mother’s life was at risk. And after being targeted by Bevin under another law, the EMW Women’s Surgical Center is now at the center of a legal struggle that could leave the state without any abortion clinics at all.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.


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