Stuart v. Loomis

Federal court challenge to a North Carolina law that prohibits a woman from getting an abortion until four hours after her physician performs an ultrasound, places the ultrasound images in her view, and provides her with a detailed explanation and description of the images, whether or not she wants to see the images or hear any or all of the description. In December 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina granted a preliminary injunction against enforcement of parts of the law. In January 2014, the district court declared the speech-and-display provision unconstitutional and issued a permanent injunction, preventing enforcement. The state appealed the injunction to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed in December 2014. Final Outcome: North Carolina petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case, which denied the request in June 2015. The decision of the 4th Circuit stands and the law is permanently blocked. (See the law here. See the district court opinion supporting the temporary injunction here. See the district court opinion issuing the permanent injunction here. See the 4th Circuit opinion here. See the petition for certification to the U.S. Supreme Court here (renamed Walker-McGill v. Stuart). Read more about the case here.)