Center for Reproductive Rights Files Lawsuit Against Oklahoma’s Ultrasound Requirement

Rachel Larris

The Center for Reproductive Rights has filed a lawsuit against the newly passed Oklahoma requirement that a women seeking an abortion must have ultrasound and listen while her doctor describes the image in detail, irrespective of her wishes.

The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) has filed a lawsuit against anti-choice legislation in Oklahoma. 

From CRR’s press release:

The Center argues that the ultrasound requirement profoundly intrudes upon a patient’s privacy and is the most extreme ultrasound law in the country. The law forces a woman to hear information that she may not want to hear and that may not be relevant to her medical care. It also dangerously discounts her abilities to make healthy decisions about her own life by forcing her to hear information when she’s objected. In addition, the statute interferes with the doctor-patient relationship—potentially damaging it—by compelling doctors to deliver unwanted speech.   

“It is extremely disappointing that the Oklahoma legislature insists on passing a law that is so clearly unconstitutional and so detrimental to women in the state,” said Stephanie Toti, staff attorney in the U.S. Legal Program of the Center for Reproductive Rights. “The state has already spent the last two years defending this abortion restriction and several others—without success. Another round in the courts won’t change our strong constitutional claims against the law, it will only waste more of Oklahoma taxpayers’ time and money.”

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