The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge said he is "deeply saddened" by a ruling issued January 17 by a federal judge that overturned a key portion of the Woman's Right to Know Act that was passed by the N.C. General Assembly in 2011.
U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles said the portion of the law that requires an abortion provider to perform and ultrasound and to show the images and describe them to the patient is a violation of the doctor's First Amendment rights.
In his statement, Bishop Burbidge said the ruling "does a great disservice to the women of our State, as it denies those who are pregnant from receiving full access to all available medical information."
The statement by Bishop Michael Burbidge:
"I am deeply saddened by the decision today in Greensboro by U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles to strike down a North Carolina law that requires those performing abortions to provide a woman with an ultrasound before she decides to have an abortion. This ruling does a great disservice to the women of our State, as it denies those who are pregnant from receiving full access to all available medical information. Women are entitled to and deserve our respect, compassion and support. And so to deny a woman from receiving the truth, especially with regard to a decision which will impact her life and the life of her unborn child is to deny her the freedom of information that all people expect from their health care providers."