Even in cases of sexual abuse or rape, a strict abortion law enacted Tuesday in Oklahoma requires women to undergo a sonogram, during which the doctor has to turn the screen to face the patient and give her fetal development details. The new law is, unsurprisingly, being contested by local and national groups. —KA
The Oklahoma law was enacted immediately on Tuesday after both the state’s Republican-controlled House and Senate voted to override Democrat Gov. Brad Henry’s veto of two anti-abortion bills.
Already, one of the three abortion clinics in Oklahoma is reporting that women are so upset about the sonogram procedure, they are leaving the clinic crying.
“Not one patient would look at the screen and they all closed their eyes or turned their heads,” said Linda Meek, director at Reproductive Services in Tulsa, which does 3,000 abortions a year.