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Okla. AG appeals judge’s ultrasound law ruling

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has appealed a ruling that struck down a law requiring women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound image placed in front of them and listen to a description of the fetus before the procedure is performed.

Pruitt filed an appeal of Oklahoma County District Judge Bryan Dixon’s decision with the Oklahoma Supreme Court Thursday.

Dixon ruled the law is unconstitutional because it addresses only patients, physicians and sonographers who deal with abortions. He rejected Pruitt’s request to reconsider his decision.

The Center for Reproductive Rights challenged the law on grounds it violated medical principles by requiring doctors to provide unnecessary services to patients. The group called Thursday’s appeal a continued assault on women’s rights.

Pruitt’s spokeswoman, Diane Clay, says the law is about informed consent.

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Paul Khunkhun, serving Southern California since 1998. Paul is the owner of MDIS. He is a Board Certified Ultrasound Sonographer with RDCS and RVT credentialing. He is also pending ICAEL accreditation.

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