On the Constitutionality of Ultrasound Requirements

by Ed Whelan

On Public Discourse, law professor Michael Stokes Paulsen has an excellent essay explaining why state laws requiring that a pregnant woman have an ultrasound of her unborn child before having an abortion are clearly permissible under the Roe/Casey regime. (Paulsen calls the recent Oklahoma supreme court decision to the contrary “simply incompetent.”)

Paulsen’s broader reflections on the value of ultrasounds in informing our “moral intuitions” are also worth your while.