The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case on Monday that challenged Kentucky’s abortion restriction law. The ruling means the law stands.
Abortionists in Kentucky must show women an ultrasound of the life growing inside them before snuffing out that life. Abortionists must describe what the woman is seeing and let her hear the baby’s heartbeat — even if she doesn’t want to see or hear anything related to her unborn child.
The legislature intended for women seeking abortions to have informed consent. From NBC News:
The ACLU had argued that the Kentucky statute had no medical basis and was designed only to coerce a woman into opting out of having an abortion. Defenders of the law said it represented a straightforward attempt to help patients make a well-informed decision.
The high court’s action let stand the law which had been upheld by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Live Action News reported part of the court’s ruling (emphases added):
“With this background in mind, we hold that H.B. 2 provides relevant information. The information conveyed by an ultrasound image, its description, and the audible beating fetal heart gives a patient greater knowledge of the unborn life inside her. This also inherently provides the patient with more knowledge about the effect of an abortion procedure: it shows her what, or whom, she is consenting to terminate. That this information might persuade a woman to change her mind does not render it suspect under the First Amendment.”
Governor Matt Bevin, who lost his bid for re-election, signed the pro-life measure into law in 2017.