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Supreme Court allows Kentucky abortion law

by Harvest Prude
Posted 12/09/19, 03:19 pm

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left standing a Kentucky law requiring abortionists to perform an ultrasound, describe the results to the mother, and play the unborn baby’s heartbeat aloud before an abortion.

Why was the law challenged? The American Civil Liberties Union argued the “display and describe” ultrasound law violated physicians’ right to free speech under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law, saying, “As a First Amendment matter, there is nothing suspect with a state's requiring a doctor, before performing an abortion, to make truthful, non-misleading factual disclosures, relevant to informed consent, even if those disclosures relate to unborn life and have the effect of persuading the patient not to have an abortion.”

Dig deeper: Read Rachel Lynn Aldrich’s report in The Sift about how Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican who signed the bill into law, lost his bid for reelection to Democrat Andy Beshear.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • JerryM
    Posted: Mon, 12/09/2019 03:37 pm

    Praise God for the lives that will be spared.

  • Theodore
    Posted: Mon, 12/09/2019 07:23 pm

    Thank you Jesus for allowing a common sense law to stand in our troubled nation.  Abortion is surgery and for all other surgeries the doctor discusses all aspects of the surgery with the patient so they know its risks and rewards.  Abortion is the only surgery I'm aware of where the facts of the surgery (killing the unborn child) are not discussed with the patient.  Why is the abortionist so intent on secrecy unless they're afraid their patient might decide not to have the surgery once she knows the facts.  I find no common sense in the objections raised by those to laws such as this one in Kentucky.