The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that two anti-abortion laws recently passed by the state Legislature are unconstitutional and cannot be enforced. One of the laws would require women to have an ultrasound procedure before an abortion and hear a detailed description of the fetus, and the other would restrict the use of medication to end a pregnancy.
The Center for Reproductive Rights filed legal challenges against both laws in April 2010 and October 2011, respectively, arguing that they violate the principles of medical ethics and undermine women’s ability to exercise the full range of constitutionally protected reproductive rights. The district court judge in both cases granted permanent injunctions against the two laws.
On Tuesday, following appeals by the state, the Oklahoma Supreme Court reaffirmed the lower court's decisions that the laws are "facially unconstitutional."
“Oklahoma has long been a testing ground for a national network of organizations hostile to women, doctors, and the rights of both, and these two laws are prime examples of politicians imposing their ideologies on women's personal medical decisions," said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights. "But despite their best efforts to chip away at women’s fundamental rights, the courts have consistently rejected these extreme assaults on reproductive freedom.”