The Supreme Court on Monday, Dec. 9 passed a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform and describe an ultrasound before performing an abortion, a broad victory for the most conservative and pro-life sector in the United States.
Doctors must describe the ultrasound and offer women the opportunity to hear the audio of the heartbeat; the mother is not required to see the images or listen to the heartbeat.
The Ultrasound Informed Consent Act was passed in 2017, but was overturned by a lower court after the ACLU challenged it, according to The Wall Street Journal.
However, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling, rejecting the idea that the law challenged doctors’ free speech rights.
In a statement urging the Supreme Court to deny the ACLU’s review, state attorneys wrote that the law had an important purpose. “Nothing can better inform a patient of the nature and consequences of an abortion than actually seeing an image of the fetus who will be aborted and receiving a medically accurate description of that image,” the report said.
According to the Live Action page, women are generally not informed by abortion personnel about fetal development, because if women were given accurate information, they would be more likely to change their minds regarding the abortion.
Live Action founder and President Lila Rose celebrated the decision: “When women have the chance to see the humanity of their child & hear their heartbeat, many reject the violence of abortion,” she said on Twitter. “This is a great win for Kentucky and our nation.”
The Supreme Court has allowed Kentucky's ultrasound requirement law to go into effect!
When women have the chance to see the humanity of their child & hear their heartbeat, many reject the violence of abortion.
This is a great win for Kentucky & our nation.
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) December 9, 2019
The law, Justice John K. Bush wrote, “requires the disclosure of truthful, not misleading, and relevant information about an abortion” and, therefore, “does not violate the doctor’s First Amendment right.”
Upon reaching the Supreme Court the ruling creates jurisprudence and the same law could be applied in every state in the country.