Sonogram law still blocked


The Texas sonogram law, that was ruled unconstitutional before it could go into effect, will stay in legal limbo for the time being.

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks ordered the main provisions of the law were improper because they forced speech upon doctors, who could lose their license to practice medicine, if they failed to tell patients certain information — even if the women didn’t want to hear it or didn’t medically need it.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to allow the law to go into effect pending appeals and on Thursday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, acting on behalf of the high court, also refused to lift the lower court order.


The case, brought by the Center for Reproductive Rights, is still in Sparks court. While a temporary restraining order has been instituted, a final decision on the validity of the law is still pending.

See here for more on Judge Sparks’ ruling. No word on when there will be a final judgment, with the inevitable appeal to follow. The Trib has more.

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