Texas Ultrasound Law Struck Down
Texas cannot require women to view an ultrasound 24 hours before undergoing an abortion, a federal judge in Austin ruled Tuesday. The law, which would have taken effect on Thursday, required physicians to describe in detail the size of the fetus and its organs and make available audio of any fetal heartbeat.
U.S. District Court Judge Sam Sparks ruled those provisions violated the First Amendment by forcing doctors to engage in government-mandated speech. He argued that these requirements would dissuade competent doctors from performing abortions and make it significantly more difficult for pregnant women to obtain abortions.