The Associated Press reports:
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.
The American Civil Liberties Union had challenged the law on behalf of Kentucky’s lone remaining abortion clinic. The ACLU argued that “display and describe” ultrasound laws violate physicians’ speech rights under the First Amendment.
The federal appeals court in Cincinnati upheld the Kentucky law, but its sister court in Richmond, Virginia, struck down a similar measure in North Carolina.
JUST IN: The U.S. Supreme Court leaves in place a Kentucky law that forces doctors who perform abortions to first show the woman an ultrasound and give her a detailed description of the fetus, even if she doesn’t want to listen https://t.co/2GZ7tg3zZq
— Bloomberg (@business) December 9, 2019
GREAT NEWS: The Supreme Court has allowed Kentucky's ultrasound requirement law to go into effect, rejecting @ACLU's absurd appeal to overturn the law.
When women see their beautiful children on ultrasound they are more likely to embrace their lives. pic.twitter.com/wPOJ7twDO7
— Live Action (@LiveAction) December 9, 2019
The Supreme Court refused to review a Kentucky law that compels abortion providers to insert a transvaginal probe, describe the fetus, point out its organs, and play the sound of its heartbeat. So the law stands. https://t.co/ljyEd06LRz
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) December 9, 2019