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Ultrasound Requirements | In the News

A number of state legislatures and organizations put barriers between women and abortion care by directly interfering with a woman's medical care. Ultrasound laws impose medically unnecessary requirements for an ultrasound prior to receiving an abortion. These laws serve no purpose except to shame women, impose unnecessary medical procedures on women and doctors, and increase the expense of abortion care.

Ark. Appeals Ruling That Struck Down 12-Week Abortion Ban
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D) announced Friday that he will appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals a ruling that overturned a state law (Act 301) banning abortion as early as 12 weeks of pregnancy, Reuters/Chicago Tribune reports.

Ala. Bills Would Set Some of Nation's Harshest Abortion Restrictions
A package of Alabama bills would create some of the strictest abortion regulations in the nation, including a ban on abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detectable, the Huffington Post reports.

Featured Blog: 'AL HB31: Where Saving a Woman's Life Becomes a Question of Conscience'
An Alabama bill "would allow the entire hospital staff, including but not limited to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, counselors, and social workers, to refuse to provide medical care in situations that would 'violate their conscience,'" Feministe reports.

N.H. House Rejects Increased Abortion Clinic Regulations
The New Hampshire House on Thursday rejected one antiabortion-rights measure (HB 1501) and referred another (HB 1502) for further study, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.

Ky. Antiabortion-Rights Bills Fail in Committee
A Kentucky House Committee last week rejected three antiabortion-rights bills, including two (HB 575, SB 8) that would have required women to be shown an ultrasound before an abortion and another (SB 3) that would have mandated face-to-face consultations before abortions, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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Ultrasound Requirements | In the Courts

This section provides a brief overview of significant cases impacting reproductive rights and health related to Ultrasound Requirements.

Nova Health Systems v. Pruitt
Challenge to an Oklahoma law which prohibits a woman from getting an abortion unless she first has an ultrasound image and listens to her doctor describe the image in detail.

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.

Pre-Term Cleveland, Inc. v. Kasich
State court challenge to abortion restrictions passed by the legislature as part of the state's 2014-2015 budget bill.

Texas Medical Providers Performing Abortion Services v. Lakey
Challenge to a Texas law which 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.

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