Saturday October 11, 2008 (foodconsumer.org) -- An
advocate group sued the state of Oklahoma over legislation that prohibits a
woman from getting an abortion unless she undergoes an ultrasound first.
The Center for Reproductive Rights claims in the lawsuit
filed Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court that the requirement intrudes
privacy and endangers health and assaults dignity.
The law effective as of Nov. 1 would make Oklahoma the
fourth state in the country that requires that an ultrasound be performed prior
to an abortion so that the woman can have a chance of viewing the fetus.
The other states are Alabama Louisiana and
The Oklahoma law is reportedly unique among the four
states in that it requires that the ultrasound screen be turned toward the
woman during the abortion and that the doctor explain what's on the screen
including the fetus.
But the law does
not require the woman to look at the screen.
The supporters of the law hope that the requirements
would cause emotional disturbance in women who intend to seek an abortion that
could in turn curtail their attempts to undergo such a procedure.
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