Texas Medical Providers Performing Abortion Services v. Lakey

Federal court challenge to a Texas law that prohibits a woman from getting an abortion unless her physician first performs an ultrasound; places the ultrasound images in her view; describes the images to her; makes fetal heart sounds audible, if possible; and describes those sounds to her, whether or not she wants to see or hear them. Plaintiffs requested a temporary injunction and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas granted that request in August 2011. The state appealed. In January of 2012, a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision and remanded the case back to the lower court. Final Outcome: In February 2012, the district court upheld the ultrasound requirement law on remand. (See the law here. See the complaint here. See the motion for preliminary injunction here. See the preliminary injunction here. See the order detailing the preliminary injunction ruling here. See the 5th Circuit opinion here. See the 2012 district court opinion here. Read more about the case here.)