Judge partially upholds Virginia infant protections
RICHMOND, Va.(BP) -- A federal judge on Monday (Sept. 30) upheld some Virginia laws protecting unborn babies while overturning others.
But the state can no longer dictate that second-trimester abortions must take place at a licensed outpatient hospital or that abortion facilities must meet the same standards as surgery centers.
Why some of the laws but not others?
Hudson reportedly discovered that requiring a woman to have an ultrasound and wait 24 hours before getting an abortion was not a "substantial obstacle to abortion access." He also cited Supreme Court precedent allowing states to determine which procedures can only be provided by physicians.