An Oklahoma law that forces women seeking abortions to receive an ultrasound of the pregnancy, view the image and listen to a detailed description of the image before undergoing the procedure has been struck down.
On March 28, 2012, Oklahoma County District Judge Bryan Dixon ruled the Ultrasound Act of 2010 to be unconstitutional and unenforceable. Dixon’s ruling says the statute is an unconstitutional special law because it addresses only patients and physicians concerning abortions and not other medical care.
While the law was approved by the state Legislature in April 2010,its enforcement has been blocked since May 2010 when Nova Health Systems, operator of Reproductive Services of Tulsa, challenged its constitutionality. Under the law, a woman seeking an abortion would be required to undergo an ultrasound, and have doctors or technicians show the woman the ultrasound images and discuss the images with the women before an abortion is performed.