It was announced Monday that the United States Supreme Court will allow to stand a Kentucky law that requires doctors to show ultrasound images to pregnant patients before performing abortions.
The high court declined to hear an appeal from the far-left American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which challenged the law on “free speech” grounds, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.
Kentucky ultrasound law stands
Passed in 2017, the law requires doctors to perform ultrasound images of babies for women seeking abortions, to explain the images, and play audio of the fetal heartbeat of the baby.
U.S. District Judge David Hale struck down the law in 2017, arguing that it “forced” ultrasound images on women “when they are most vulnerable.”
However, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law in April, ruling that it provides “the patient with more knowledge about the effect of an abortion procedure: it shows her what or whom she is consenting to terminate.”
The ACLU, which originally sued Kentucky on behalf of its only abortion clinic and appealed the 6th Circuit’s decision to the Supreme Court argued that the law had the express purpose of manipulating women seeking abortions to not go through with the procedure — a form of manipulation that is apparently no more sophisticated than providing accurate information about what abortion actually entails.
But the closely divided high court, which has a 5–4 conservative majority, declined to take up the case, offering no additional comment.
“By refusing to review the 6th Circuit’s ruling, the Supreme Court has rubber-stamped extreme political interference in the doctor-patient relationship,” ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project senior staff attorney Alexa Kolbi-Molinas said, according to USA Today. “This law is not only unconstitutional, but as leading medical experts and ethicists explained, deeply unethical.”
Bevin, pro-life groups hail decision
Kentucky’s recently ousted Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, who championed the law during his tenure, joined pro-life groups in hailing the SCOTUS’s decision for enforcing the “commonsense notion that patients should be well equipped with relevant information before making important medical decisions.”
The left has been up in arms over a wave of laws this year seeking to restrict abortion in states like Georgia and Louisiana. Many leftists fear that the Supreme Court will repeal Roe v. Wade after shifting rightward under President Trump, and the looming prospect of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s retirement has fueled speculation of a bitter partisan battle in the offing.
The Supreme Court will hear its first abortion case in several years this March when it considers a Louisiana law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at at least one hospital within a 30-mile radius of where they perform the procedures. Abortion advocates say the law has the sole purpose of shuttering abortion clinics, according to Reuters.
Those at the helm of the ACLU must know that abortion is wrong — if they didn’t, they wouldn’t be so afraid of patients simply being told the truth.