Oklahoma Court Strikes Down Ultrasound Law
It’s unconstitutional in Oklahoma to require women seeking abortions to be forced to look at an ultrasound image and to listen to a detailed description of the fetus.
District Judge Bryan Dixon ruled the statute passed by the Oklahoma Legislature in 2010 is an unconstitutional special law, and is can’t be enforced because it …
Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said Wednesday’s ruling reflects a backlash against legislation she called hostile to women, their doctors and their rights.
“The court has resoundingly affirmed what should not be a matter of controversy at all — that women have both a fundamental right to make their own choices about their reproductive health, and that government has no place in their decisions,” Northup said.
The author of the ultrasound statute, Republican Rep. Lisa Billy of Lindsay, said doctors already perform ultrasounds before abortion and that her bill only required them to make the images available for women to view.
“It was an option if she wanted to view it,” said Billy, who this year is sponsoring a measure to grant personhood status to a fertilized egg.