Kentucky Ultrasound Law Survives Supreme Court Challenge

Kentucky Ultrasound Law Survives Supreme Court Challenge

The Supreme Court refused to review an appeals court ruling upholding a Kentucky law that requires doctors to show patients ultrasound scans prior to performing an abortion. Therefore, the law stays in place despite opposition from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Kentucky’s last remaining abortion clinic.

Kentucky law states that before a doctor can perform the procedure, an ultrasound must be performed and described in detail to the patient, who is required to listen to the fetal heartbeat throughout the process. Advocates of the law say it helps patients understand the consequence and repercussions of their decision. Opponents claim it’s emotional blackmail.

A similar North Carolina law was recently struck down by a federal appeals court. However, the Kentucky law was upheld on appeal. As a result of The ACLU challenge and the Supreme Court’s refusal to review, the Kentucky law is currently in a stronger position.

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