Federal Judge Issues Temporary Injunction Against Part of New NC Abortion Law

U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Eagles temporarily stopped implementation of one piece of North Carolina’s new abortion law on Tuesday. Set to go into effect on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, the Woman’s Right to Know Act would have required health care providers to conduct an ultrasound at least four hours prior to performing an abortion procedure and to show and describe the images of the test to the patient prior to the procedure.

On Tuesday Judge Eagles ruled that those challenging the new law were likely to prove that this provision violates the Constitution and therefore temporarily blocked implementation. Other provisions of the Woman’s Right to Know Act became effective this week, including a 24 hour waiting period for abortion procedures except in emergency situations.

Read the complaint filed against the State here, and the Court’s opinion here.

 
 

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