Friday, March 30, 2012

Attorney General Plans Appeal in Defense of Ultrasound Law

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Friday he has recommended an appeal of this week’s decision by an Oklahoma County judge that a new law requiring clinics to provide more information, including an ultrasound, to mothers considering an abortion was unconstitutional.
“The law is about presenting abortion accurately with full information about the outcome,” Attorney General Pruitt said. “We have an obligation to protect our citizens and make sure abortion is held to the same standard as any medically informed decision.”
On Wednesday Oklahoma County District Judge Bryan Dixon ruled that a 2010 law requiring women to have ultrasounds before having abortions is unconstitutional.
Oklahoma is one of several states that have passed laws requiring doctors to both perform an ultrasound and provide a verbal description of the fetus before an abortion, while others are considering similar measures. The laws have been on hold in Oklahoma and North Carolina as legal challenges proceed, while Texas' recently was upheld.

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