15 States say Kentucky's Ultrasound Informed-Consent Law should be upheld

01/30/2018 12:56 PM

FRANKFORT- Fifteen states are asking the Supreme Court to uphold a Kentucky law that requires women considering abortion be shown ultrasound images of the unborn fetus and listen to the heartbeat.

An amicus brief was filed by Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and West Virginia. The states argue the law is constitutional because states have a substantial interest in regulating whether a patient is fully informed about a medical procedure.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the bill citing it unconstitutional last January.

An appeal to the law is currently pending in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

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