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Okla. Appeals Ruling That Struck Down State Ultrasound Law

Okla. Appeals Ruling That Struck Down State Ultrasound Law

June 22, 2012 — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) on Thursday appealed a ruling against a state law that requires doctors to show women ultrasounds of their fetuses and describe the images before providing abortion care, The Oklahoman reports (McNutt, The Oklahoman, 6/22).

The law was passed in April 2010 after the state Legislature overrode a veto by then-Gov. Brad Henry (D), but a temporary injunction was granted in May 2010 to block its enforcement. This March, Oklahoma County District Judge Brian Dixon struck down the statute as unconstitutional because it only applies to abortion and not other medical procedures (Women's Health Policy Report, 3/29).

The appeal argues that Dixon was incorrect in ruling that the state constitution prohibits legislation that ensures women receive purportedly "meaningful medical information obtained through ultrasounds that the clinics are currently requiring."

Abortion-rights supporters criticized the appeal as a continued attack by Pruitt on women's rights and health (The Oklahoman, 6/22).