At least 20 states have passed laws that require ultrasounds for women seeking abortions.

[U.S. District Court Judge Catherine] Eagles, who was nominated by President Obama last year… said the North Carolina abortion law “goes well beyond” requirements that patients give informed consent to medical procedures.

The ultrasound provision could compel “an unwilling speaker to deliver visual and spoken messages to a listener who is not listening or looking,” the judge wrote.

Eagles said the provision is “likely to harm the psychological health of the very group the state purports to protect.”

~ The Los Angeles Times, October 26

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