The 5th U.S. Circuit Court Of Appeals is totally down with forcing doctors to tell women needless and harmful lies about consequences of abortion that don’t exist and have not been scientifically proven. They’ve ruled that Texas can enforce its forced trans-vaginal sonogram bill while it’s being challenged in court. (A similar law is being challenged in Oklahoma, but that state has not been allowed to enforce it while it winds its way through the court system.)
From the AP:
Earlier rulings have found that laws requiring doctors to give “truthful, nonmisleading and relevant” information are reasonable regulation, not ideological speech requiring strict scrutiny under the First Amendment,” the appeals court said.
“‘Relevant’ informed consent may entail not only the physical and psychological risks to the expectant mother facing this ‘difficult moral decision,’ but also the state’s legitimate interests in ‘protecting the potential life within her,’” Chief Judge Edith H. Jones wrote in the appeals’ decision.
Because ‘expectant mother’ and ‘protecting the potential life within her,’ are totally not shining examples of ideological speech, of course.