North Carolina Court Rules Forcing a Woman to Get an Ultrasound May Violate Free Speech

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Pro-choice activists hold signs as marchers of the annual March for Life arrive in front of the U.S. Supreme Court January 22, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Pro-life activists from all around the country gathered in Washington for the event to protest the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973 that helped to legalize abortion in the United States.
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The First Amendment scored a victory for abortion rights Monday when a North Carolina appeals court ruled that a 2011 law forcing women to undergo ultrasounds before getting an abortion is unconstitutional because it violates freedom of speech. Of course, what the court took issue with wasn’t quite the whole subjecting-women-to-an-unnecessary-medical-procedure thing, but rather with the fact that doctors are forced to deliver ultrasound results to women who don’t want to hear them. “[T]he statement compelled here is ideological,” the court ruled — and thus violates the doctors’ freedom of speech.

N.C. Court Rejects Pre-Abortion Ultrasounds