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Oklahoma attorney general plans appeal in ultrasound-abortion dispute

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Oklahoma County District Judge Bryan Dixon declared the law unconstitutional in a summary judgment handed down Wednesday. The law would have required doctors or their technicians to show pregnant women ultrasound images of their fetuses and discuss those images with the women before abortions were performed.

“The law is about presenting abortion accurately with full information about the outcome,” Pruitt said in a statement.

“We have an obligation to protect our citizens and make sure abortion is held to the same standard as any medically informed decision.”

Diane Clay, a spokeswoman for Pruitt, said the case would be appealed directly to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which will then determine whether to keep the case or refer it to the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals.

Former Attorney General Drew Edmondson hired outside counsel to assist his staff with the case, Clay said. To date, the state has paid about $145,000 for outside counsel on this case, she said.

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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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