North Carolina Strikes Down Very Controversial Anti-Ab0rtion Law


downloadBy: Krystle Crossman

North Carolina has been known for having one of the most controversial laws when it comes to anti-ab0rtion techniques. During an ab0rtion, women were required to have an ultrasound of their babe in their line of sight at all times. The doctors were also supposed to go over in detail what was on the ultrasound. The intent was to try and shame the mother into rethinking keeping her baby. The only thing that a woman could do at this point was close her eyes and put her hands over her ears.

Recently however the Fourth Circuit Court in North Carolina struck down the law. The CEO for the Center for Reproductive Rights, Nancy Northup, stated that exams rooms should not be a place for propaganda. They are not supposed to be a place where a woman feels shamed and embarrassed for a decision that she is making about her body. The Center for Reproductive Rights, the ACLU, and Planned Parenthood banded together to get this law struck down. They fight on a daily basis or a woman’s right to choose.

Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals stated that the law violated the First Amendment as it forced doctors to say things that they may normally remain quiet about or may not believe in themselves. They were given speeches that they were to read to the women before the procedure. Some of these speeches contained information that was inaccurate for the purpose of scaring the woman out of having the procedure. Wilkinson also stated that this breaks the trust between the doctor and the patient who need to have a good rapport.

Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, states that all women should have access to safe and legal ab0rtions despite the beliefs of many. If they didn’t have a safe place to go they could end up trying to do it themselves or going to a less-than-reputable person and could end up very sick or dead from the procedure. Richards states that the doctors should not be forced to give out inaccurate information and shame them which then removes the safety from the place that they have sought out.


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