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Roy Cooper on Abortion

 

 


No politicians in medical room telling doctor what to say

Cooper is the state's lawyer, so he's obligated to defend state laws even if he personally opposes them. So, for instance, though Cooper is considered a supporter of reproductive rights, he asked the US Supreme Court last month to review a federal appeals court ruling that struck down a North Carolina law requiring abortion patients to view a narrated ultrasound image prior to the procedure.

The appeals court ruled that the ultrasound law violates the First Amendment rights of physicians by compelling delivery of ideological information that transforms "the physician into the mouthpiece of the state." But in petitioning the Supreme Court to take up the case, Cooper said the ultrasound law was consistent with the First Amendment as a regulation of medical practice.

Just a few months earlier, though, Cooper spoke to a gathering of abortion rights supporters, criticizing state leaders "who want the voice of politicians in the medical examining room telling the doctor what to say."

Source: Huffington Post on 2016 North Carolina gubernatorial race , Apr 2, 2015

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