Oklahoma Abortion Law Struck Down
Strict ultrasound law unconstitutional: judge
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2012 1:10 AM CDT
Updated Mar 30, 2012 1:39 AM CDT
The Oklahoma ultrasound was one of the strictest in the country.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – An Oklahoma judge has struck down a state law requiring women seeking abortions to have ultrasounds. The district judge decided the law—which required doctors to put an image of the ultrasound in front of the woman and give her a detailed description of the fetus—was unconstitutional because it violated doctors' First Amendment rights by forcing them to essentially read speech written by lawmakers, reports Jezebel. The statute is a "special law" that treats abortion differently than other medical procedures, the judge noted.

The measure became law in 2010 after the state legislature overrode then-Gov. Brad Henry's veto, but it was never enforced because of a lawsuit from the Center for Reproductive Rights. The group's president described the ruling as part of a nationwide backlash against lawmakers' attacks on women's 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," she said. The decision comes as anti-abortion laws in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Idaho appear to be dead or dying, notes the Washington Post.

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winterfairy
Mar 30, 2012 7:12 PM CDT
The law was there to guarantee proper information being required to be given to the patient so she may make an informed decision. There are thousands of such laws in all walks of live from banks being required to give full information about loans to everything else. This is clearly a judge wanting to hide the real information about abortions and its ramifications from a young, naive woman.
thirdimpact
Mar 30, 2012 2:03 PM CDT
We wouldn't people to actually know what they're doing, now would we?
saucier111
Mar 30, 2012 10:21 AM CDT
If you want to bring sharia law to America, all you have to do is vote replubician.