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Gazette staff April 3rd, 2013

State Attorney General Scott Pruitt doesn’t like taking “no” for an answer, at least not when it’s coming from the state Supreme Court striking down abortion restrictions. He filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court last week after the state court struck down a 2010 law requiring women seeking an abortion to first undergo an ultrasound and hear a detailed explanation of the procedure.

Credit: Brad Gregg

 “We have an obligation to protect our citizens and to make sure a life-altering abortion is held to the highest medical standards,” Pruitt said in a written statement.

The lead plaintiff in challenging the ultrasound law, Nova Health Systems, was represented by the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights.

“This last-ditch effort shows a continuing hostility to the women of Oklahoma,” said Bebe Anderson, director of U.S. legal programs for the center. “It really forces information on women, whether they want it or not, which is really demeaning to them,” she said.

This marks Pruitt’s second appeal of the state court’s rejection of an abortion-related measure.

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