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Oklahoma Ultrasound Win Appealed

Oklahoma Ultrasound Win Appealed

On Thursday Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) appealed a district court’s ruling that the state’s mandatory ultrasound law was unconstitutional.

In March, Oklahoma County District Judge Bryan C. Dixon tossed out House Bill 2780, which would have required any woman seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound within an hour of the procedure and have it explained to her before the procedure. Dixon ruled that the measure was an unconstitutional special law because it “improperly is addressed only to patients, physicians and sonographers concerning abortions and does not address all patients, physicians and sonographers concerning other medical care where a general law could clearly be made applicable.”

Pruitt is asking the Oklahoma Supreme Court overrule the lower court and let the law go into effect.

“This administration’s utter hostility toward women’s reproductive rights evidently knows no bounds,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights the group who brought the challenge. “Two Oklahoma district courts and the state Supreme Court have all made it abundantly clear in recent months that the right to reproductive choice is fundamental under the U.S. Constitution and the Oklahoma State Constitution alike.

“This redoubling of lawmakers’ campaign of hostility toward women’s health, rights and dignity is as much a waste of time and taxpayer money is it is an egregious example of governmental interference in the lives and private decisions of individual citizens.”

She said she was confident that the lower court’s ruling in the ultrasound case would be upheld.

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12:57PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

I can not believe the number of people commenting on this article without understanding what it's about.

First off, people are NOT getting abortions without understanding what it MEANS. Do you understand how offensive you are being by even suggesting this?

Second, who do you think is going to be paying for these ultrasounds? Unless you're willing to pay for them with your tax money, you have no right whatsoever to force someone to undergo one.

Third, this bill is so clearly only in place to terrorize people who are already in a tight spot. If you can't see this, I don't even know what to say to you.

11:17AM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

Sharon Beth L.
“All this law is saying that a woman must be shown an ultrasound picture of her fetus before she agrees to an abortion and she even has the right, if she wants, to avert her eyes. I understand that in other countries women have not been shown to change their minds after being shown an ultrasound picture. I believe that being shown a picture of the fetus gives a woman more information to make a more informed decision.”

{{{http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/prenatal-care/pr00112/method=print

ultrasound
Depending on your baby's position and stage of development, ‘you may be able to make out a face, hands and fingers, or arms and legs’. Don't worry if you can't "see" your baby. Ultrasound images are hard for an untrained observer to decipher.}}}

So, if the untrained observer cannot even decipher an ultrasound, what’s the point of forcing women to have ultrasounds except for purely harassment/punishment purposes. You retroactive abortionists need to get a clue.

3:03PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Jennie R. said:
"If you are truly sincere in your efforts to stop abortion, then you need to become active in promoting the things which actually do decrease abortions.....but that takes a lot more work and love than just sitting around screaming, "I'm right." in response to Steve R's ranting.

Jennie, you are now learning what Steve is all about. Not much, heh?
And your postings (comments) are much appreciated. Thanks for your level-headed thoughts.

2:32PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Well said Gene, help yourself to another green star!

4:02AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Any woman who decides to have an abortion knows what it means. She doesn't need to be upset more than she already is! If we were shown pictures of the knee replacement process (which I had), the knee bone sawed and taken out, would we ever dare to have the surgery? Being pregnant and having an abortion is trauma enough.

2:57AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Can you believe this is 2012??? No, this can't be. The tea bagger/republiKKKlans are OUT OF THEIR MINDS. They want to control every aspect of a woman's life, so they can CONTROL their destiny. Damn them, cut off their penises and leave our vaginas alone. They scream for "small government?" SMALL GOVERNMENT? Then mind your own damn business, and stop dictating what a person should or shouldn't do. Small government should throw the whole bunch of these rightwing extremists in jail for "crimes against humanity."

2:50AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Can you believe this is 2012??? No, this can't be. These tea bagger/republiKKKlans are OUT OF THEIR MINDS. They want to control every aspect of a woman's life, so they can CONTROL their destiny. Damn them, cut off their penises and leave our vaginas alone. You scream for "small government?" SMALL GOVERNMENT? Then mind your own damn business, and stop dictating what a person should or shouldn't do. Small government should throw the whole bunch of you in jail for crimes against humanity.

8:18PM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

Carol Lynn-Take another green star out of petty cash, my friend!

8:14PM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

Really Sharon??? A woman who has clearly agonized over the decision as to whether to terminate a pregnancy needs MORE information to further cloud her decision making capablilities??? Planned Parenthood is correct - the biological development of a fetus is not important in the decision as to whether or not to keep a pregnacy. What IS important is the emotional care of the individual who has to make this decision... not adding to her further trauma and anguish!

No matter what you might think - a woman does NOT enter into this decision lightly... AND she has already thought through all of the potential implications of her decision... whether to keep or whether to terminate a pregnancy. Ultimately the decision rests with HER... NOT some outside third party!

7:40PM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

Sharon Beth-Oh please, the "ultrasound" law has absolutely nothing to do with "informing" a woman about abortion. It does however have everything to do with passing a bunch of "Jim Crow" anti-abortion laws to interfere with her constitutionally protected right to control her own body. You and the other anti-abortion zealots need to keep the hell out of other women's bodies and stop trying to pass these stupid laws.

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