Wall Street Journal: Federal Suit Challenges New Texas Abortion Law
By Nathan Koppel
“State lawmakers across the country this year have passed or proposed bills restricting abortion rights, including imposing time limits for women to seek abortions and requirements that women first consult with health professionals before terminating a pregnancy.
But some pro-choice advocates are fighting back against the legislative wave. The national Center for Reproductive Rights filed a federal suit yesterday to block a new Texas law that takes effect Sept. 1 and requires a woman seeking an abortion to have a sonogram and hear a detailed description of the fetus, the Dallas Morning News reports. ‘When you go to the doctor, you expect to be given information that is relevant to your particular medical decisions and circumstances, not to be held hostage and subjected to an anti-choice agenda,’ Nancy Northup, the Center’s president, told the Morning News. The suit, which was filed on behalf of doctors and medical clinics, contends that the new abortion measure violates physicians’ free-speech rights by requiring them to deliver ‘politically motivated’ messages and further that the law could put doctors cross-wise with the wishes of their patients.”
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