GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- A federal judge says it will be a minimum of several weeks before a ruling is handed down on the legality of 2011 ultrasound requirements passed by North Carolina legislators.
The News & Record of Greensboro reports that U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles heard arguments Friday in a lawsuit brought by the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation, the Center for Reproductive Rights and other groups.
Eagles already put the restrictions on hold nearly two years ago while the litigation took its course.
Abortion providers and abortion-rights groups sued over the ultrasound directives, which call for abortion providers to place an ultrasound image next to a pregnant woman so she can see it and hear the heartbeat.
The Republican-led General Assembly passed more abortion law changes last month.