Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Oklahoma anti-abortion law temporarily blocked; Teresa Collett weighing i

Teresa Collett talked with Susie Jones and John Hines of WCCO (radio station) today about the Oklahoma law and explained that ultrasounds are performed by almost all abortion clinics in the US to ensure that the pregnancy is not an ectopic pregnancy.
Please pray for Teresa Collett - she is a warrior for Christ and His Church (and a dear friend). 

David Brewster, Star Tribune
Teresa Collett (left, 2004 photo)
Last update: May 3, 2010 - 5:59 PM

From  (Minneapolis)

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma's attorney general agreed Monday to temporarily block enforcement of a controversial new state law that requires pregnant women to get an ultrasound and hear a detailed description of the fetus before they get an abortion.

The Center for Reproductive Rights was set to argue for a temporary restraining order Monday, but attorneys for both sides agreed to accept the order before the court hearing, Oklahoma County District Judge Noma Gurich said. She signed the order Monday afternoon.

"We're sorry to see implementation of the law delayed," said Tony Lauinger, state chairman of Oklahomans for Life and vice president of the National Right to Life Committee. "This has been a long process and apparently it will be a little longer."

A pregnant woman should have all of the information available before she makes the irrevocable decision to terminate her pregnancy, Lauinger said, adding: "We're confident that this law is constitutional."

Attorney General Drew Edmondson agreed to the order to give his office more time to retain Teresa Collett, a University of St. Thomas Law School professor who represented the state when a similar law passed in 2008 was challenged by the Center for Reproductive Rights. She also is the Republican nominee in Minnesota's 4th Congressional District election this fall.

A judge ruled last year that the 2008 law was unconstitutional because it violated requirements that legislative measures deal only with one subject — but did not rule on the validity of the ultrasound provisions.
The new abortion law went into effect last week after lawmakers overrode Gov. Brad Henry's veto.

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