Target: Judges Wilkinson, Duncan, and Traxler, 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
Goal: Applaud the elimination of a law forcing women to look at or listen to a description of their fetus pre-abortion
A law requiring medical care professionals to show ultrasound photos of a fetus to its mother even if it goes against her wishes has been struck down by a North Carolina Court of Appeals. The law stated that during an ultrasound, attending doctors or nurses must show the mother the ultrasound, or describe it to her if she refused to look. Doctors who failed to do this would face possible removal of their license to practice medicine.
Three judges unanimously voted that the law, which was intended to “ensure that women are making informed decisions about pregnancy termination,” violated the free-speech rights of abortion providers. It would force physicians to say things that they would not otherwise be likely to say, and effectively force anti-abortion propaganda into abortion clinics.
The actual intent of the law was to humanize the fetus, making the already-difficult decision of abortion even more trying for some. According to the judges, “the state freely admits that the purpose is to convince women seeking abortions to change their minds or reassess their decisions.” This places an undue burden on women who have already put much thought into the decision to visit an abortion clinic.
The opinions of politicians should have no bearing on the reproductive care that women receive. By striking down this ridiculous law, judges are ensuring that women feel no unnecessary pressure when making a decision so important. Sign the petition below to applaud the removal of anti-abortion politics from medical care facilities.
Dear Judges Wilkinson, Duncan, and Traxler,
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently threw out a law mandating that physicians show or describe a fetus to its mother during pre-abortion care. The law, which was meant to humanize the fetus, intended to make mothers feel guilty in order to sway their decision to terminate their pregnancies.
The court ruled that this was an infringement on the free speech of physicians, and placed an undue burden on mothers during already stressful times. We, the undersigned, applaud your decision to strike down this law, which will ensure that women’s health care is not compromised by political motivations.
[Your Name Here]
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