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Stuart v. Loomis

Stuart v. Loomis

Challenge to a North Carolina law which 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 judge granted a preliminary injunction against enforcement of parts of the law. Current Status: In January 2014, the U.S. District Court declared the speech-and -display provision unconstitutional and issued a permanent injunction, preventing enforcement. The state announced that it will appeal the injunction. (See the law here. See the court opinion supporting the temporary injunction here. See the court opinion supporting the permanent injunction here. Read more here.)