Supreme Court opts to leave controversial Kentucky abortion rule in place

Pro-choice liberals were handed a crushing blow this week when the United States Supreme Court refused to hear an abortion case based on recent Kentucky legislation.

With no justices ruling in favor of hearing the case, in Kentucky, women undergoing an abortion will continue to be provided with information gleaned from an ultrasound done before their pregnancy is terminated.

It is a life

Whether Democrats want to admit it or not, an unborn child is a life. They would like us to believe abortion is a form of contraception rather than the actual taking of a life.

While Roe v. Wade may never be overturned, conservatives have been fighting for the rights of these unborn children and will continue to do so.

An example of these efforts is the law that was signed by Republican Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin in 2017. The law requires that doctors perform an ultrasound on expectant mother prior to an abortion and also requires that the doctors offer the opportunity for the mother to listen to the child’s heartbeat.

This is very important, because it is the last chance for the mother to realize the implications of moving forward with an abortion.

Unanimous decision

The American Civil Liberties Union argued that the law “violates the First Amendment by forcing doctors to engage in state-mandated speech, even when they fear it will cause trauma or psychological harm to their patients.”

The statute was initially deemed unconstitutional in a lower court ruling. The case was taken to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, where the decision was overturned with a 2-1 vote.

The appeals court found that the statute was constitutionally permissible because doctors are not forcing patients to actually view the ultrasound images or listen to the heartbeat, they are simply providing the opportunity to do so.

This case was considered to be one of the more important matters to come before the Supreme Court during this session. Not only did the court decide not to hear the case, but there also was not a single dissenting vote among the sitting justices.

While liberals were fuming over the decision, pro-life organizations could not be happier. Choosing abortion is a life-altering decision, and the least we can do is ensure that prospective patients have every bit of information available to them before making such a profound, irrevocable choice.

Because of the Supreme Court’s ruling, it seems likely that additional states that do not have similar regulations in place already will write them into law in the near future.

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