The Norman Transcript

November 12, 2013

High court won’t hear Oklahoma ultrasound case


The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Tuesday to intervene in an overturned Oklahoma law that would’ve required women seeking abortions to first view an ultrasound image of the fetus.

It was the second time in just over a week that the nation’s highest court declined to hear arguments over a proposed Oklahoma abortion restriction. It previously let stand an Oklahoma court’s decision that struck down a separate law restricting drug-induced abortion.

Under the ultrasound measure, approved by the Legislature in 2010 and struck down by the state courts, women seeking an abortion would have been required to have an ultrasound exam and then have the image placed in front of them while the provider described the fetus.

Twenty-three states had approved laws regulating ultrasounds and abortions, including three with laws similar to the Oklahoma one struck down.

— AP

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