Oklahoma County judge strikes down law requiring ultrasounds before abortions

Oklahoma County District Judge Bryan Dixon on Wednesday overturned a law that would have required doctors or their technicians to show pregnant women ultrasound images of their fetuses and discuss those images with the women before abortions are performed.
by Silas Allen Published: March 29, 2012
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An Oklahoma County judge struck down a state law Wednesday that would have required women seeking abortions to have ultrasounds before the procedure.

Oklahoma County District Judge Bryan Dixon declared the law unconstitutional in a summary judgment handed down Wednesday. The law would have required doctors or their technicians to show pregnant women ultrasound images of their fetuses and discuss those images with the women before abortions were performed.

The state Legislature passed the law, commonly called the Ultrasound Act, in April 2010, overriding a veto by then-Gov. Brad Henry. But enforcement of the law has been blocked by a temporary injunction since May 2010.

That injunction came after the Center for Reproductive Rights, a New York-based abortion rights group, challenged the law in Oklahoma County District Court on behalf of Nova Health Systems, which operates Reproductive Services of Tulsa.

Nancy Northrup, the center's president, called Wednesday's judgment part of a “nationwide backlash against the overreaching of lawmakers hostile to women, their doctors and their rights.”


by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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