A federal judge wants to hear from lawyers in person on the legality of 2011 ultrasound requirements passed by North Carolina legislators before deciding whether they should be tossed out permanently as unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles already put the restrictions on hold nearly two years ago while the litigation took its course. She scheduled oral arguments for Friday in Greensboro on competing motions to strike down or uphold challenged portions of the law.
Abortion providers and abortion-rights groups sued over the ultrasound directives. They demand an abortion provider place an ultrasound image next to a pregnant woman so she can view it, describe image features and offer the woman the chance to listen to the heartbeat.
The Republican-led General Assembly passed more abortion law changes last month.