(Updated March 29 at 2:49 pm MT)
Uh oh. Sanity is rearing its head in the nationwide war on women. A district judge has ruled that Oklahoma’s law requiring women to get an ultrasound before having an abortion is “unconstitutional and unenforceable.”
Enforcement of the law has been blocked since May 2010 when a Tulsa health care provider challenged its constitutionality. It required that a woman have an ultrasound and then have the image placed in front of her as she hears it described in detail. (Just how would you enforce a law like that, anyway? Have a cop accompany each woman into the doctor’s examination room?)
The author of the ultrasound statute, Rep. Lisa Billy (R) was disappointed and said, “I think women deserve to have all the information necessary before making that decision.”
Fear not, Rep. Billy. Any and all information women seek regarding abortion will be provided by their doctors. It always has been. Doctors have an ethical obligation to provide it. Neither the women nor their doctors needed your intrusion into their personal, private conversations.
Billy is also a sponsor of the Personhood Act currently making its way through the Oklahoma legislature.
- Oklahoma County judge strikes down law requiring ultrasounds before abortions (newsok.com)
- Okla. court strikes down ultrasound abortion law (kansascity.com)
- Okla. court strikes down ultrasound abortion law (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Judge strikes down Oklahoma ultrasound law (cbsnews.com)