The US Supreme Court on June 15, 2015, declined a petition to revive a North Carolina law that had required any pregnant woman having an abortion to first undergo an ultrasound. The southern US state's legislature passed the law in 2011, requiring any physician performing an abortion to first show the pregnant woman a sonogram and give the patient a detailed description of the fetus's development.
The law was struck down by a lower court as violating the US Constitution after US civil rights groups sued the law. An appeals court ruled that this law had the effect of transforming the physician into the mouthpiece of the state, thus violating the physicians' First Amendment rights.
AdvertisementIn his appeal to hear the case, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper told the justices, "The law was perfectly consistent with the First Amendment, as a reasonable regulation of medical practice."