"Informed consent" or coercion?

An Oklahoma bill that would force a pre-abortion ultrasound is legally challenged.

By Tracy Clark-Flory
Published October 18, 2008 10:06AM (EDT)

You know, trying to fend off attacks on women's reproductive rights sometimes feels like a game of Whac-A-Mole. You wallop that first little bugger on the head, and then another pops up -- and another and another, faster and faster. Pretty soon, you're contemplating abandoning the provided mallet and just going at 'em double-time with your bare fists. (What can I say, I play to win, folks.)

A perfect example of this dynamic are bills forcing pre-abortion ultrasounds on women. Last year, we persistently wrote about a proposed South Carolina bill that would, in part, require a woman to "review" her ultrasound image before having an abortion -- right on up until the ultrasound provision was dropped from the measure. Phew! Only, now a similar bill -- despicably called the "Freedom of Conscience Act" -- has popped up in Oklahoma and is poised to go into effect Nov. 1.

Luckily, the Center for Reproductive Rights has brandished the largest of mallets in this game: a lawsuit. It's the topic of this week's clip for Current TV:


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