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Fetuses, then and now

Gazette staff March 28th, 2012

While dustups at the state Capitol over the so-called Personhood bill have been grabbing headlines as of late, another pro-life measure passed in recent years is heading to a date in court.

Remember the last time abortion matters consumed the state Legislature? It was 2010 — what a coincidence, another election year — when lawmakers overrode then-Gov. Brad Henry’s veto of a bill prohibiting a woman from getting an abortion unless she has an ultrasound of the fetus and either views the image herself or has a doctor describe it to her. A state judge suspended the would-be law shortly after its constitutionality was challenged by the Center for Reproductive Rights.

A hearing for summary judgment is slated Friday in Oklahoma County District Court. Perhaps not surprisingly, a CRR spokeswoman noted that the Personhood bill is “high on the radar” of measures they’re monitoring.

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