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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