Federal judge upholds Virginia law requiring ultrasound, waiting period before abortion

by Jordyn Pair · Oct 3rd, 2019 8:37 am

Last Updated Nov 19th, 2019 at 2:29 pm

A federal judge has upheld a Virginia law mandating women undergo an ultrasound and for there to be a waiting period before having an abortion. The judge also upheld a law that only a physician can perform the procedure.

A law requiring all second-trimester abortions to be performed in a licensed outpatient hospital and a law requiring abortion clinics that perform first-trimester abortions to meet the same standards as general and surgical hospitals were both struck down.

The rulings came Monday from U.S District Judge Henry Hudson and were the result of a lawsuit challenging the four laws.

🔦 Virginia came under scrutiny earlier this year after Gov. Ralph Northam said that a baby born alive during an abortion procedure “would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”