A federal judge in Greensboro has struck down a North Carolina law that requires doctors to display and explain ultrasound images to women seeking abortions.
Key provisions of the law have been blocked until the outcome of the lawsuit which was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Judge Catherine Eagles ruled that the law violates doctors' free speech rights.
"Today the court sided with the rights of women and their doctors over the ideological agenda of extremist lawmakers," said Jennifer Rudinger, executive director of the ACLU of North Carolina. "If these unconstitutional measures had gone into effect, doctors would have been prevented from using their best medical judgment to provide patients with care based on their specific individual needs."
The law was enacted in 2011 by the General Assembly, despite the veto of then-Governor Beverly Perdue.
There is no word yet whether the state plans to appeal the judge's ruling.