Pro-life supporters in Kentucky were pleased with a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday that left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions.
Kentucky's authorities justified the measure as needed to obtain the patient's "informed consent" before proceeding with an abortion.
"Women facing an unexpected pregnancy deserve to have as much medically and technically accurate information as possible when they are making what could be the most important decision of their life", said Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, an anti-abortion group.
National Review reported, "No justices dissented from the decision not to hear the case". The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the law on behalf of Kentucky's lone abortion clinic.
The rejected appeal allows the state's law to go into effect.More news: WhatsApp new feature: Get call waiting facility on Android phones
In April, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in a 2-1 vote, struck down a lower court ruling that declared the law unconstitutional because it violates the free speech of physicians.
The law requires the physicians to continue with the process even if the patient objects and shows signs of distress. The refusal to hear the case, leaves the law in place. The court said the law imposes an unconstitutional burden on women seeking abortion.
It will be the first abortion case that will be argued since Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch joined the bench, solidifying a conservative majority.
The Supreme Court had previously upheld "informed consent" laws for women seeking abortions.
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"We hold that [the law] provides relevant information", the 6th Circuit opinion reads.
Eleven states now require that abortion providers perform an ultrasound on patients who wish to abort, and nine of these states require the provider to show and describe the image.
The ACLU said the Supreme Court "has rubber-stamped extreme political interference in the doctor-patient relationship".
Kentucky denial comes as the historic milestone of 1973 Roe v. Wade who legalized abortion in the US UU.
In that case, Pennsylvania required doctors to describe the nature of the procedure, the risks involved and the probable gestational age of the fetus. Next month, it will consider a Louisiana law that requires physicians to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. A similar law in Texas was upheld by a federal appeals court in 2012.More news: Elon Musk took Tesla's Cybertruck for a weekend drive around LA
Kentucky's 2017 ultrasound law marked the beginning of a wave of anti-abortion legislation that began after Republicans seized control of the Kentucky House, which continued through the 2019 legislative session with four major bills passed aimed at restricting or eliminating abortion in Kentucky.