U.S. justices decline to hear second Oklahoma abortion case

WASHINGTON Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:52am EST

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review a decision striking down a Oklahoma law that required any woman seeking an abortion to be shown an ultrasound image of the fetus beforehand.

By refusing to hear the case, the high court left intact an Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling that struck down the law on the basis that it violated the U.S. Supreme Court's precedent on abortion restrictions.

It was the second time in two weeks that the high court had declined to review an Oklahoma court ruling that struck down an abortion restriction.

Last week, the court dismissed another case concerning a state law in Oklahoma that cracked down on the use of the abortion-inducing drug RU-486.

The state of Oklahoma asked the Supreme Court to hear the ultrasound case, saying the brief state court opinion issued in December 2012 did not explain the rationale for its ruling.

Nova Health Systems, which provides reproductive health services, including abortions, and physician Larry Burns filed suit in 2010, claiming the law, which they view as unduly invasive, was unconstitutional under Oklahoma state law. A district court in Oklahoma issued an injunction preventing enforcement of the law in March 2012.

The case is Pruitt v. Nova Health Systems, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 12-1170.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Howard Goller and Doina Chiacu)

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Comments (5)
vhpeddler wrote:
Okies, abortion is the law of the land, not to be confused with the teachings of the church. Leave people alone.A lot of us do not want to be like you.

Nov 12, 2013 10:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:
Abortion is legal in the United States. Oklahomans, if you don’t like it, move to Haiti. A place where abortion is still outlawed and so it is blessed with millions of God’s children wandering around. Abundant life. Go there.

Nov 12, 2013 11:18am EST  --  Report as abuse
Mylena wrote:
What kind of trick is that? the
supreme Court knows that this test is very expensive, that’s why so many couplke can not get the sex of the unborn childs. Mostly, people that is getting one abortion has not money for that , another way, thew Supreme Court will pay for it>?

Nov 12, 2013 11:32am EST  --  Report as abuse
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