NC Attorneys Ask For Lawsuit By Pro Choice Advocates To Be Thrown Out

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina state attorneys have asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by doctors and other abortion-rights advocates who have already persuaded the court to block enforcement of a portion of new abortion restrictions.

The state Attorney General's Office formally responded Wednesday to the lawsuit filed in September seeking to have portions of the new law overturned that would require new procedures for women receiving abortions as an unconstitutional attack on free speech rights.

Two weeks ago, Judge Catherine Eagles blocked for now a provision that would place new ultrasound requirements upon medical professionals when seeing pregnant women seeking an abortion.

The abortion-rights supporters also filed a motion Thursday asking Eagles to adjust her preliminary injunction for a portion of the law about who must provide information to a woman 24 hours before an abortion.

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