North Carolina Abortion Law Struck Down By Federal Court

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A North Carolina law that required doctors who performed abortions  scribe the ultrasound to a woman in detail (with or without her consent) before the procedure has been halted.

The law, which was passed in 2011, blocked the same year and then challenged again in January 2014 insisted that “the purpose and anticipated effect … is to convince women seeking abortions to change their minds or reassess their decisions” according a statement from Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III, who was part of the judges panel who ruled on the matter this past Wednesday. He went on to explain however, that “compelled speech” violated a woman’s first amendment rights.

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