Oklahoma abortion law gets struck down

BY NOLAN CLAY AND MICHAEL MCNUTT Modified: February 20, 2010 at 7:25 am •  Published: February 20, 2010
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/> "We filed this important, pro-life legislation in separate bills this session to avoid any single-subject conflict,” said Rep. Dan Sullivan, author of the law struck down Friday.

"I fail to see how two sections of the bill, both dealing with abortion, would violate the single-subject provision of the Oklahoma Constitution,” said Sullivan, R-Tulsa. "The logic that has been used … could bring the legislative process to a halt by allowing an interest group to form an argument that any bill with more than one section would violate the single-subject provision.”

Other ruling appealed
In August, another Oklahoma County judge struck down a 2008 abortion law after deciding it violated the single-subject rule. That decision is on appeal at the state Supreme Court.

The most controversial aspect of the 2008 law was a requirement that an abortion doctor or medical technician give a pregnant woman an ultrasound at least an hour before the procedure and display the images of the unborn baby where the woman could see them.

The 2008 law also would have required the doctor or technician to describe what the woman was seeing, including if the fetus’ heart was beating.

The ultrasound requirement has been resurrected this legislative session, too, in a House bill.