State to appeal rejection of abortion ultrasound law

Posted February 7, 2014

Ultrasound, sonogram, fetus

— Attorney General Roy Cooper said Friday that the state will appeal a federal judge's ruling striking down a North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show a woman an ultrasound and describe the images in detail four hours before she can have an abortion.

“While I oppose laws like this that force the state into women’s medical decisions, the state will appeal this ruling because legitimate constitutional questions remain that should be decided by a higher court," Cooper said in a statement. "It is the duty of the Office of Attorney General to defend state laws, regardless of whether I agree with them.”

The ultrasound requirement was part of a 2011 abortion law that the General Assembly passed over then-Gov. Beverly Perdue's veto.

The ACLU, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood Federation of America immediately challenged the law, and U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles stayed that one provision while allowing the rest of the law, which included a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion, to go into effect.

Eagles last month ruled that mandating a description of the ultrasound images to patients – some of whom don't want to be subjected to it – violates doctors’ free speech rights.

Gov. Pat McCrory said he wasn't interested in appealing the ruling, noting most of the law went into effect and the cost of an appeal wasn't worth the effort.

House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger called the ultrasound provision "the most critical piece of the law" and said Eagles' decision should be appealed.


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  • rougemontredneck Feb 10, 2014

    If a woman has decided to terminate a pregnancy it's for a good reason. Leave well enough alone.

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 10, 2014

    "Court costs plus however much the lawyers Tillis and Berger have waiting in the wings are going to charge is bound to cost more than if the AG's office handles the case."....That's the only reason they gonna fight it, so they can give Tax dollars away to their buddies.

  • tracmister Feb 10, 2014

    Let me see. We are going to make women getting an abortion look at it before it's done. But, if she needs assistance, we are going to call her a lazy slug who is an entitlement and it's her problem not ours. Now there's a good Christian attitude.

  • crkeehn Feb 8, 2014

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    Make up your minds. First Roy Cooper is criticized for refusing to support laws that were passed by the legislature. You (I should say you'ns) state that it is his responsibility to support and defend all state laws whether he agrees or not.

    Now he is being criticized for fulfilling just that duty. Supporting the law as AG, even though he states that personally he is against it.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 7, 2014

    RANDOLPHBLOKE - "Out state government is shameful."

    And things like this make us all look as backwards and ignorant as some of our elected officials apparently are.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 7, 2014

    Unless the man who knocked up the woman is also going to be MADE to attend the meeting showing and explaining the ultrasound of a child that is also his, it's gender-biased discrimination.

    Plus, who's going to pay for that one extra medical procedure?

  • RandolphBloke Feb 7, 2014

    That party of less regulation... until it comes to bedrooms and women's bodies. Funny how that always works out. Out state government is shameful.

  • Hubris Feb 7, 2014

    "None of the people involved care about the women affected by this."

    You're correct Yellow_Hat. It's just the GOP's war on women. Oh yeah, except when it is a female baby being aborted. Then it's the Democrats War On Women And Girls.

  • Hubris Feb 7, 2014

    Just like that old PSA from NBC "The More You Know . . . "

    Or, those who oppose this law adhere to the sayings "what you don't know won't hurt you" and "ignorance is bliss".

  • teleman60 Feb 7, 2014

    Join us tomorrow protesting this madness...