Walker's recent outrageous comments about those "cool" "lovely" ultrasound pictures forced on women seeking an abortion can now be viewed in context with today's U.S. Supreme Court decision that let stand a lower court ruling that the law is unconstitutional. The decision is state specific, and does not apply to Wisconsin.
But first, here's Walker's comment:
“We signed a law that requires ultrasound which, think about that, the media tried to make that sound like a crazy idea. Most people I talk to, whether they’re pro-life or not, I find people all the time who’ll get out their iPhone and show me a picture of their grand kids’ ultrasound and how excited they are, so that’s a lovely thing ... It’s just a cool thing out there.”UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!! And so is Walker's unconstitutional attempt to restrict and regulate our 1st Amendment right to protest our government. Wisconsin's ultrasound law is similar to North Carolina's:
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from North Carolina officials seeking to revive a state law that had required doctors to perform ultrasounds, display the resulting sonograms and describe the fetuses to women seeking abortions.
The order left in place an appeals court ruling that had held the law unconstitutional as a violation of the First Amendment. “The state cannot commandeer the doctor-patient relationship to compel a physician to express its preference to the patient,” Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III wrote in December for a unanimous three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, Va. “This compelled speech, even though it is a regulation of the medical profession, is ideological in intent and in kind.”
Monday’s development, which set no precedent, did not affect the validity of any law aside from North Carolina’s.