Supreme Court Refuses to Review Kentucky Abortion Law

WASHINGTON, DC – The Supreme Court of the United States will not be review a ruling on a Kentucky abortion law.

The Supreme Court denied a request from the American Civil Liberties Union to review a ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that Kentucky’s ultrasound law was constitutional.

House Bill 2 (2017) requires doctors provide women seeking abortions in Kentucky ultrasound images, and a detailed descriptions of those images, even if the woman does not want that information. The ACLU says major medical associations oppose this law because it violates ethical and informed consent principals.

“By refusing to review the Sixth Circuit’s ruling, the Supreme Court has rubber-stamped extreme political interference in the doctor-patient relationship,” Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, senior staff attorney at the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project said in release. “This law is not only unconstitutional, but as leading medical experts and ethicists explained, deeply unethical. We are extremely disappointed that the Supreme Court will allow this blatant violation of the First Amendment and fundamental medical ethics to stand.”

The Bevin administration defended the law.