Pro-Lifers Score Major Win After SCOTUS Declines to Hear Challenges to Kentucky's Ultrasound Law

Brittany M. Hughes | December 10, 2019
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The Supreme Court has refused to hear pro-abortion advocates complaint against a Kentucky law that requires women to have ultrasounds before having an elective abortion, marking a major win for pro-lifers who’ve pointed out that women are often given false narratives by the abortion industry about the humanity of the child they’re terminating.

The Supreme Court’s move that leaves in place a ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the law, which was passed in 2017 and requires a mother to listen to the fetal heartbeat of her child, and for a doctor to describe an ultrasound in detail, before the woman can request an abortion. The law was signed by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, who recently lost his re-election bid to Democrat Andy Beshear.

The ACLU, which had challenged the law, claims the rule is unconstitutional, saying it was created to bully women out of having an abortion. 

Pro-lifers, however, have argued that the new requirement simply ensures that a woman seeking to having an abortion is informed enough to make an educated decision. The law makes it harder for abortion clinics, which often have set abortion quotas, to lie or omit information about what an abortion actually is and whether their unborn baby is a living human with its own distinct body and heartbeat. (Planned Parenthood once illustrated an unborn baby as a white dot in an animated video explainer.)

The rule "does nothing more than require that women who are considering an abortion be provided with information that is truthful, non-misleading and relevant to their decision of whether to have an abortion,” the state of Kentucky argued.

The Supreme Court declined to take up the case without comment or noted dissent from any of its nine justices.

While the high court declined to hear this case, they are set to consider another abortion-related issue later this term, this time concerning a Louisiana law that requires abortion clinics to have admitting privileges to a local hospital.