Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Kentucky's ultrasound law has been struck down. U.S. District Judge David Hale said the law that forces abortionists to provide a sonogram to women seeking an abortion violated the “First Amendment rights of physicians.” It's unclear how the First Amendment shields doctors from withholding important information from women when they most need it. The intent of the ultrasound law is not partisan. People from both political parties should agree that a doctor's first priority should be to practice good medicine and to fully inform their patients. The ultrasound law provided pregnant women with all of the latest technology and information available. Unfortunately, Judge Hale's ruling took away that choice and says that women are better off with less medical information when making one of the most important decisions in their lives.