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Sat February 20, 2010

Abortion Law Unlawful

Oklahoma City, OK – Judge rules Oklahoma abortion law unconstitutional

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma statute barring the termination of a pregnancy based on the gender of the fetus was deemed unconstitutional Friday.

District Judge Daniel Owens says the law violates the state's rule that legislation address a single subject.

The measure passed the Oklahoma Legislature and was signed into law by Gov. Brad Henry last year.

The law also would have required doctors who perform abortions to provide information about female patients, including age, race, marital status, number of previous pregnancies and the reasons given for seeking an abortion.

The law was scheduled to take effect Nov. 1, but a judge granted a temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of the statute until the legal challenge could be resolved.

Special Assistant Attorney General Teresa Collett says she will have to consult with regulatory bodies named as defendants in the lawsuit before deciding whether to appeal Owens' decision.

Plaintiff Lora Davis says she's delighted with the ruling.