Kentucky’s “Ultrasound Informed Consent Act” upheld by federal court

Here is a link to an opinion from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upholding the constitutionality of Kentucky’s “Ultrasound Informed Consent Act.” The opinion was issued on April 4, 2019; the vote was 2-1 in favor of the law. The Kentucky law requires a doctor who is preparing to perform an abortion to play the sound of the fetal heartbeat and to display and describe an ultrasound to the women seeking an abortion.  The court held that these requirements do not violate the doctor’s First Amendment rights. The statute simply requires the disclosure of truthful, non-misleading, and relevant information and therefore does not violate the doctor’s right to free speech.



Richard Myers

Richard S. Myers, the Vice-President of UFL, is Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law, where he teaches Antitrust, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, and Religious Freedom. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Kenyon College and earned his law degree at Notre Dame, where he won the law school's highest academic prize. He began his legal career by clerking for Judge John F. Kilkenny of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Myers also worked for Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Washington, D.C. He taught at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law before joining the Ave Maria faculty. He is a co-editor of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Natural Law Tradition: Contemporary Perspectives (Catholic University of American Press, 2004) and a co-editor of Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy (Scarecrow Press, 2007). He has also published extensively on constitutional law in law reviews and also testified before Congressional and state legislative hearings on life issues. Married to Mollie Murphy, who is also on the faculty at Ave Maria School of Law, they are the proud parents of six children - Michael, Patrick, Clare, Kathleen, Matthew, and Andrew.