Abortion-rights group wants ultrasound documentation stopped

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A political arm of Planned Parenthood says Gov. Pat McCrory should block a law taking effect with the new year requiring physicians who perform certain later-term abortions in North Carolina send ultrasound images to state officials.

Starting Friday, doctors must fill out a form for abortions performed after a woman’s 16th week of pregnancy and provide the ultrasound. More information is needed after 20 weeks. The records are confidential and the woman’s name is removed.

Law supporters say it’s designed to ensure doctors comply with the exception to banning abortion after 20 weeks when the life and health of the pregnant woman is at stake. Planned Parenthood Votes! South Atlantic calls the ultrasound requirement medically unnecessary and says it wrongly intrudes into a woman’s medical history.

McCrory signed the law in June.

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