Kentucky abortion facilities will not have to provide women with basic information prior to an abortion after a federal judge struck down a state informed consent law Wednesday.
The Ultrasound Informed Consent Act, which passed in January, requires abortionists to perform an ultrasound and describe the image of the unborn baby prior to an abortion. It also requires that women be given the opportunity to hear their unborn baby’s heartbeat, which begins about four weeks after conception.
But U.S. District Judge David Hale blocked the Kentucky law Wednesday, ruling it violates doctors’ First Amendment right to free speech, according to USA Today.
Hale, who was appointed by pro-abortion President Barack Obama, also basically said women are too emotionally fragile to handle basic, scientific facts about human development. It’s more important that they be shielded from the facts and allowed to abort their unborn babies in ignorance, than be told the harsh truth.
“Requiring physicians to force upon their patients the information mandated by [the Ultrasound Informed Consent Act] has more potential to harm the psychological well-being of the patient than to further the legitimate interests of the Commonwealth,” Hale wrote in his decision.
The ACLU and EMW Women’s Clinic, the last abortion facility in Kentucky, challenged the law earlier this year.
Gov. Matt Bevin, who is pro-life, has not indicated yet if the state will appeal the ruling.
The Ultrasound Informed Consent Act requires medical staff to perform an ultrasound prior to the abortion and allow the woman to see it if she chooses. It also requires the medical staff to describe the image of the unborn baby, its size, organs and other features and allow the mother to hear the baby’s heartbeat.
State Rep. Kimberly Moser, R-Taylor Mill, previously explained the bill will help to ensure that women are fully informed before making a final decision about an abortion.
“It is with accurate information that a patient can make an informed decision regarding their treatment, whether it is treatment for a brain tumor requiring an MRI or CAT scan, or if it is to determine the health and the progress of a pregnancy through an ultrasound,” Moser said.
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Abortion activists with the ACLU celebrated the ruling Wednesday, claiming the law is “demeaning and degrading” to women.
The pro-abortion legal group wrote:
The decision recognized that by “forcing ultrasound images, detailed descriptions of the fetus, and the sounds of the fetal heartbeat on [patients], against their will, at a time when they are most vulnerable,” the law “appears to inflict psychological harm on abortion patients,” and causes them to “experience distress as a result.” In addition, “requiring physicians to force upon their patients the information mandated by the law has more potential to harm the psychological well-being of the patient than to further the legitimate interests of the Commonwealth.”
Abortion activists love to claim that they are fighting for women’s rights and freedoms, but court battles like this expose their truly degrading opinion of women.
In their own words, the ACLU and the judge basically said they think women are not strong enough to be told basic scientific facts about abortion before they make a final and – abortion activists even acknowledge it to be – a difficult decision. This actually is quite sexist. People make difficult, potentially life-and-death medical decisions all the time, and they deserve to know all the facts before making them. But when it comes to an abortion, women are too delicate and emotional to handle the facts?
The reality is that the abortion industry does not want women to know all the facts. When women see their unborn baby on an ultrasound screen or hear their heartbeat, when they learn the risks of abortion and the details about their unborn baby’s development, when they find out that support is available if they want to parent, they are much less likely to give the abortion industry a fat check to have their unborn child aborted.