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Paul, Weiss Achieves Victory in Challenge to Oklahoma Mandatory Ultrasound Law

On March 28, Paul, Weiss and the Center for Reproductive Rights secured a significant victory on behalf of our client, Reproductive Services, a non-profit charitable corporation that offers reproductive health care services in Oklahoma. On our client's behalf, we challenged an Oklahoma law that forced all women seeking an abortion to undergo an invasive ultrasound examination, to view the image and hear a description of the image. Failure to comply with the law was punishable by severe civil and criminal penalties, including felony charges.

District Judge Bryan C. Dixon of the District Court for Oklahoma County yesterday granted our motion for summary judgment, striking down the law as a violation of the Oklahoma Constitution's prohibition on "special" laws that single out less than an entire class of similarly situated persons or things for different treatment. The court issued a permanent injunction preventing the law's enforcement.

The Paul, Weiss team included litigation partner Allan J. Arffa and associates Kira A. Davis, Ralia E. Polechronis, Davin M. Rosborough and Paula N. Viola.

March 30, 2012

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