Oklahoma law requiring ultrasounds before abortions ruled unconstitutional
WASHINGTON – A controversial law that was deemed unconstitutional by the Oklahoma Supreme Court is permanently blocked from going into effect following a decision to not hear the case by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The country’s highest court declined to review the Oklahoma Ultrasound Act.
Last year, the state passed the law, which required women who were seeking an abortion to view an ultrasound image of the fetus before any procedure could be performed.
The law also required doctors to talk about the fetus’ health and then receive written consent from the patient to go through with the abortion.
Supporters claimed it would help women make an “informed decision.”
However, Nova Health Systems filed a case in state court, claiming the law was unconstitutional.
The state court agreed with the plaintiff and issued an injunction, which stopped the state from enforcing the law.
In December, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in favor of Nova Health Systems, determining that the law was unconstitutional based on similar rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case.
Since the court decided to not review the case, the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s ruling stands, permanently blocking the law.
Attorney General Scott Pruitt said, “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.”