Court Hears Arguments Over Texas Abortion Law

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A federal appeals court is weighing whether to lift an order blocking the state of Texas from enforcing a law requiring doctors to show sonograms to patients and describe the images before an abortion.

In August, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks in Austin, Texas, ruled that several provisions of the state law violated the free-speech rights of abortion-performing doctors.

A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals didn’t immediately rule after hearing arguments Wednesday on the state’s request to lift a preliminary injunction issued by Sparks.

A group of medical providers is challenging the law, which also requires doctors to describe the fetal heartbeat to a patient before performing an abortion.

The state argues its interest in protecting “fetal life after viability” trumps any free-speech claims.

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  • NiteNurse

    I am VERY pro-choice and find no problem with this law. I think having an abortion is a life altering decision. You want to have no regrets. A sonogram might help the woman decide. As long as we NEVER EVER take a woman’s right to have a SAFE abortion I’m all for it.

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  • Joe

    What could that possibly have to do with “free speech of doctors?” Nothing, it’s just a liberal judge in Austin fighting for doctors’ right to make tons of money killing babies.

    • Wade

      Joe, It is requiring Doctors to do something they may or may not want to do. What if everyday day at your job you had to recite, “I pledge my wife to have Obama’s babies.” You don’t feel this way; nor do you believe it, but yet you are required to say it.

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