Oklahoma court strikes down ultrasound abortion law

Modified: March 28, 2012 at 4:43 pm •  Published: March 28, 2012
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Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said Dixon's decision reflects a backlash against state lawmakers who pass overreaching 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, Rep. Lisa Billy, R-Lindsay, said she was disappointed with the ruling.

“I think women deserve to have all the information necessary before making that decision,” Billy said.

She said doctors already were performing ultrasounds on women before performing an 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.