GREENSBORO – A new law requiring an ultrasound image be shown to pregnant women was blocked Tuesday by a federal judge.
U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles’ decision highlights part of what is called the “Woman’s Right to Know” act passed in July by the N.C. Senate and House, overturning a veto by Gov. Beverly Perdue.
The new law was supposed to take effect Oct. 26.
“It is unfortunate that the abortion industry, embodied by the plaintiffs in this case, is so opposed to a woman meeting her child before deciding to terminate her pregnancy,” said Paul Stam, House majority leader, R-Wake, in a statement.
Eagles said providers do not have to show the ultrasound image to pregnant women nor do they have to describe a baby’s features or offer to allow the woman to hear the heartbeat. Other parts of the law, however, can be enforced. Women seeking an abortion are required to wait 24 hours before having an abortion.
Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups filed suit in September vowing to protect the rights of women and physicians.
A spokeswoman for the state attorney general’s office indicated that its attorneys were reviewing the ruling.
Another hearing on arguments is set in December.