ACOG Supports Oklahoma Court Decision Ruling Ultrasound Act Unconstitutional
March 30, 2012
Washington, DC -- The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) lauds yesterday's ruling by Oklahoma County District Judge Bryan Dixon rejecting the Ultrasound Act as unconstitutional. This law, passed by the Oklahoma Senate in 2010 but immediately blocked by injunction, mandated that women seeking an abortion be required to undergo an ultrasound and then be forced to view the ultrasound image before the procedure. The law also required a physician performing the abortion to describe the fetus to the woman. Similar laws have been passed in nine other states.
None of these laws have anything to do with enhancing the health or safety of the patient, but merely establish bureaucratic barriers and add unnecessary emotional and financial stress to an already difficult decision. ACOG opposes any legislation that dictates medical practice and/or that interferes with the doctor-patient relationship. State legislators should not be determining the conversation between a woman and her doctor, regardless of the issue.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of approximately 55,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization. www.acog.org