Supreme Court Won't Review Oklahoma Ultrasound Law Ruling

Tuesday, November 12th 2013, 10:08 am
By: News On 6

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review an Oklahoma law that requires ultrasounds for women seeking abortions.

The justices said Tuesday they will let stand an Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling that struck down the 2011 law.

The measure required women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound exam and then have the image placed in front of them while the provider described the fetus.

Last week, the justices opted to let stand an Oklahoma court decision that struck down a separate law restricting drug-induced abortions.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt statement:

"We're disappointed in the Court's decision not to review the case, particularly given that Texas' similar ultrasound law was upheld by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The unfortunate message sent by the Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision in this case is that when it comes to abortion regulations, what is legal in other states is illegal in Oklahoma."

Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, issued the following statement:

"A woman's personal, private medical decisions should be made in consultation with the health care professionals she trusts, without interference by politicians who presume to know better.

Today the U.S. Supreme Court has let stand another strong decision by the Oklahoma courts protecting a woman's constitutional right to make her own decisions about whether to continue a pregnancy from the intrusion of politicians opposed to her rights and indifferent to her health.

This decision is another victory for women and reproductive health care providers, and another clear message to lawmakers across the U.S. that attacks on women's health, rights, and dignity are patently unconstitutional and will not be allowed to stand."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.