Lawsuit Challenges New Ultrasound-Before-Abortion Law

CRR files suit in Texas

The war on the reproductive rights of Texas women heads to federal court
The war on the reproductive rights of Texas women heads to federal court (Illustration by Jason Stout)

This just in: The Center for Reproductive Rights today filed suit in federal court in Austin, challenging the newly-codified mandatory ultrasound-before-abortion law.

As we've previously reported, the CRR had been reviewing the new law in preparation for filing suit, which is similar to a pending action in Oklahoma, challenging a similar law enacted there last year.

This morning the CRR filed suit, on behalf of a collection of doctors, to stop the Texas law from taking effect September 1. The law, which requires women seeking abortion to first undergo a mandatory ultrasound and (except in very limited circumstances)to listen to a description of fetal development, represents a "profound" intrusion "on the practice of medicine, forces physicians to deliver ideological speech to patients, and treats women as less than fully competent adults," reads the suit. The law will "compel physicians to deliver to their patients government-mandated speech … that falls outside the accepted standards and practices for medical informed consent." And where a doctor might refuse to be compelled to deliver the government's speech, the physician would risk losing his or her license. "Thus, the Act will force physicians to violate basic standards of medical ethics by compelling them to disregard the wishes of patients who do not want to receive this information." (CRR has created a website dedicated to information on the lawsuit. You can find it here.)

The CRR argues that the law should be held as unconstitutional "and unenforceable," and that the court should issue "permanent injunctive relief" barring the new law from taking effect this fall.

You can read the entire lawsuit here.

And you can read more about the new ultrasound law here.

Got something to say? The Chronicle welcomes opinion pieces on any topic from the community. Submit yours now at austinchronicle.com/opinion.

Read more of the Chronicle's decades of reproductive rights reporting here.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Women's Health
SCOTUS Protects Abortion Rights, Upholds Texas Precedent
SCOTUS Protects Abortion Rights, Upholds Texas Precedent
Roberts concurs with majority to strike down Louisiana measure

Mary Tuma, June 29, 2020

Report: Half of Women Face Barriers to Repro Health Care
Report: Barriers to Repro Health Care High
Survey shows majority of women face barriers to access

Mary Tuma, May 12, 2015

More by Jordan Smith
'Chrome Underground' Goes Classic Car Hunting
'Chrome Underground' Goes Classic Car Hunting
Motoreum's Yusuf & Antonio talk about the biz and their reality TV debut

May 22, 2014

APD Brass Shifts Up, Down, Across
APD Brass Shifts Up, Down, Across
Musical chairs at Downtown HQ

May 9, 2014

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

Reprodcutve Rights, courts, reproductive rights, women's health, abortion, 82nd Legislature, Center for Reproductive Rights, CRR, ultrasound law

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle