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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Oklahoma judge struck down multi-part abortion law
Cynthia Miley at 12:00 AM ET

On February 19, 2010, Oklahoma state court judge Daniel Owens ruled that a state law making it illegal for a doctor to perform an abortion based on the gender of a fetus and requiring numerous reporting requirements violated the Oklahoma Constitution. Owens found that the Statistical Reporting of Abortions Act [PDF] violated a constitutional requirement that a law cover only a single subject. Provisions of the Act banned doctors from performing abortions based on a women's desire for a baby of a specific sex. It also required doctors to ask a series of more than 35 questions inquiring into a woman's relationships and her reasons for wanting an abortion, and created a website that would have displayed demographics based on the information gathered. The law allowed for criminal charges against doctors who failed to report the information.

Learn more about Oklahoma and the laws governing abortion from the JURIST news archive and read commentary about Oklahoma abortion laws from JURIST Guest Columnist Stephanie Toti in Hotline.




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