Supreme Court Won’t Take Up Oklahoma Abortion Debate

A lower court last week struck down a law requiring women to have ultrasounds before abortions.

A man holds a sign in front of the United States Supreme Court during a rally against abortion a day before the Court will take up arguments on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care reform bill, in Washington, D.C. on March 25, 2012.
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Clara Ritger
Nov. 12, 2013, 6:07 a.m.

The U.S. Su­preme Court has de­cided not to re­view a de­cision last week that struck down the 2011 Ok­lahoma law re­quir­ing wo­men to have ul­tra­sounds be­fore abor­tions.

The state of Ok­lahoma had asked the Su­preme Court to re­view the Ok­lahoma state Su­preme Court’s rul­ing ban­ning en­force­ment of the law to re­quire wo­men to un­der­go ul­tra­sounds and hear a state-man­dated script.

It is the second time the Su­preme Court has de­clined to step in­to the Ok­lahoma abor­tion battle. Last week the justices op­ted not to take up the Ok­lahoma law ban­ning med­ic­a­tion abor­tion, which was also hal­ted by the Ok­lahoma state Su­preme Court.


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