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ACLU Challenges New Abortion Restrictions In North Carolina

Robin Marty

The "right to know" bill and mandatory ultrasound requirement are both being challenged in court.

The American Civil Liberties Union is filing yet another court challenge against new abortion restrictions passed this year.  This time, their focus is on North Carolina, where a “Women’s Right to Know” bill and mandatory ultrasound and waiting period were passed against the governor’s veto.

Via ABC News:

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation, Planned Parenthood Health Systems, Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit Thursday claiming the law approved over Governor Beverly Perdue’s veto in July is unconstitutional.

The law prohibits an abortion unless a woman is provided with state-specified information about the physician at least 24 hours in advance. Women also would get information about the likely stage of development of the unborn child, the medical risks of having an abortion and giving birth, and the availability of abortion alternatives.

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The ACLU said Thursday the law requires abortion providers to force women to undergo an ultrasound and forces doctors to describe the embryo or fetus to the women in detail prior to having an abortion, even if the woman objects.

Mandatory ultrasound laws are also being challenged in other states, such as Texas and Oklahoma.

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